Curing Salt / Prague Powder, Composition and Safety Issues

A sausage is not a sausage without the curing salt. The same is true with tocino, it may look like it but taste will be different. Prague powder or curing salt is responsible for giving the processed meat product it characteristic flavor and color.

Try to make tocino without prague powder. Drop me a comment, if you prove me wrong.

It also function as preservative. A substance that kills spoilage bacteria, especially the dangerous Clostridium botulinum.

Curing Salt has different formulations:

Cure #1 — 6.25% Sodium nitrite: 93.75% Salt. For fresh and cooked sausages.
Cure #2 — 6.25% Sodium nitrite: 4% Sodium nitrate and 89.75% Salt For dry-cured sausages.
Tender Quick — 0.5% Sodium nitrite, 0.5% Sodium nitrate, Salt, Sugar, and Propylene glycol. For brine curing.
Saltpeter — 100% Potassium nitrate, it is not recommended due to difficulty in measurements.

In high concentrations it may yield these possible side effects. They are the results or various studies. Prague powder concentration in finished products is limited to 200 ppm as stated in Philippine Regulation on Food Additives. Some regulatory agencies require lower values.

  • It forms carcinogenic nitrosamines in meats when exposed to high temperatures. However, antioxidants like vitamin C and E may inhibit nitrosamine formation. Studies have linked it to various types of cancer.
  • It has been linked to the triggering migraines in migraine prone individuals.
  • Frequent ingestion of cured meats may cause COPD, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • If ingested in high concentration, it may cause methemoglobinemia, a disorder characterized by the presence of a higher than normal level of methemoglobin (metHb) in the blood.

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11 thoughts on “Curing Salt / Prague Powder, Composition and Safety Issues

  1. pwede po ba ako makabili ng all ingredients ng paggawa ng ham kc almost 3 yrs na d ako nakakagawa at naiwan ko kc lahat ng gamit dyaan sa philipines . pwede po ba makabili d2 sa internet at send d2 papunta sa UK?

    • Inquire here:

      GRAMMIX FOOD INTERNATIONAL, INCORPORATED
      Contact Person: Ms Nanita Salarzon
      Address: 854 Apacible Street Manila 1000
      Telephone 0063 2 5253080

      and

      MGM FOOD COMMODITIES CORPARATION
      61 Mariveles Corner Sultan streets
      Mandaluyong City 1150
      mgmfoods@yahoo.com
      02-5335111
      02-5335126
      02-7184277

      Pero minsan meron sa public markets.

  2. where po pwede mkbuy mg prague powder if im not in manila? kasi gusto kp sana mg business ng tocino at longganisa dto s leyte…meron po b yun s cebu,at saan? sa mga sm outlets meron po b? wait po ako s reply,,,tnx and GOD BLESS!

    • Sorry di ko masasagot ng eksakto and tanung mo. Di kc sa lugar namin ay may nakikita akong nagtitinda sa palengke. Bale dalwang palengke na ung nakitaan ko nito. Try mo scout sa mga public markets baka sakali. Industrial goods kc ang prague powder / sodium nitrite / sodium nitrate kaya medyo madalang ang nagtitinda. Try mo din pala sa Ebay.ph

    • Inquire here:

      GRAMMIX FOOD INTERNATIONAL, INCORPORATED
      Contact Person: Ms Nanita Salarzon
      Address: 854 Apacible Street Manila 1000
      Telephone 0063 2 5253080

      and

      MGM FOOD COMMODITIES CORPARATION
      61 Mariveles Corner Sultan streets
      Mandaluyong City 1150
      mgmfoods@yahoo.com
      02-5335111
      02-5335126
      02-7184277

    • GRAMMIX FOOD INTERNATIONAL, INCORPORATED
      Contact Person: Ms Nanita Salarzon
      Address: 854 Apacible Street Manila 1000
      Telephone 0063 2 5253080

      and

      MGM FOOD COMMODITIES CORPARATION
      61 Mariveles Corner Sultan streets
      Mandaluyong City 1150
      mgmfoods@yahoo.com
      02-5335111
      02-5335126
      02-7184277

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