Sodium Nitrite is used in various industries. In the Pharmaceutical Industry it is used as an intermediate in production of saccharine. In the textile industry as a bleaching agent and in the Rubber Industry as a rubber foam blowing agent.
Sodium nitrite is a salt and an anti-oxidant that is used to cure meats like ham, bacon and hot dogs. Sodium nitrite serves a vital public health function: it blocks the growth of botulism-causing bacteria and prevents spoilage