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Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrite is a highly-soluble inorganic sodium salt with the formula NaNO2. It is often used as a precursor to compounds used in pesticides, dyes and pharmaceuticals, but is most commonly known as a food additive and preservative. We are a leading UK sodium nitrite supplier.


Oil & Gas

An effective corrosion inhibitor and is used as an additive in industrial greases

Textile Chemicals & Dyes

In the textile industry as a bleaching agent.


It may also be used as an electrolyte in electrochemical grinding manufacturing processes

Medicine – used as part of an intravenous mixture to treat cyanide poisoning

Food additive giving taste and colour to the meat and inhibit lipid oxidation that leads to rancidity

Inhibition of microbial growth – Sodium nitrite is well known for its role in inhibiting the growth of Clostridium botulinum spores in refrigerated meats

In the rubber industry as a polymer inhibitor and as a foam rubber blowing agent


We are leading sodium nitrite distributors and suppliers to the UK, Ireland and the EU, able to fulfil orders of various sizes.

Sodium nitrite is recognised as a solid powder that is white in colour, also available as a light-yellow liquid. Our options for supply include a 25kg bag, 25L drum, 200L and bulk transfer

Sodium nitrate liquid is available in 25%, 30% and 40% strengths.

While similar in name, it is important to note that this product differs from sodium nitrate — nitrates are made up of one nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms. Nitrites, like this, consist of one nitrogen atom and two oxygen atoms.

As chemical specialists with over 45 years’ experience, we’re able to help you with all your sodium nitrite requirements.

Get in touch with our team today. 

We’re Airedale Chemical: a leading sodium nitrite UK supplier, manufacturer & distributor

When it comes to the supply of sodium nitrite, we’re a trusted, experienced distributor able to meet all of your needs.

With vast, fully-equipped facilities, our specialist team is able to fulfil sodium nitrite orders of any size. We offer:

  • Liquid solutions in sizes ranging from 25L, IBC to bulk tankers, in 25%, 30% and 40% strengths
  • Solid available in 25kg bags.

Our industry-leading distribution capacity means we can quickly reach you wherever you are in the UK or Europe. 

Look no further than Airedale Chemical to meet your sodium nitrite requirements.

Sodium nitrite’s uses: a food additive, reagent and even an antidote

Sodium nitrite food grade is also available from our sister company, Rigest. In this form, it has a big role as an additive and antimicrobial preservative.

It can be added to processed meats (and sometimes fish) to help with the curing process, through which it also provides a distinct red or pink colour and a characteristic flavour — as evidenced by bacon, salami and ham.

The compound also plays a crucial health role, blocking the growth of botulism-causing bacteria and delaying spoilage in processed meats.

Sodium nitrite can be used to produce a number of chemicals, including dyes and components used in the rubber industry. This inorganic compound is also used for bleaching, corrosion inhibition, polymer inhibition and as an additive in industrial greases.

Sometimes utilised as an additive for concrete manufacture, sodium nitrite even has uses in the medical field as part of an intravenous antidote mixture for cyanide poisoning.

So, where to buy sodium nitrite? We’re ready and able to meet all of your needs and requirements. Request a sodium nitrite MSDS by dropping our team an enquiry.

Airedale Chemical: your supplier and distributor of sodium nitrite. 

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Available in the following sizes.

25kg Bag

25L Drum

200L Drum

Bulk Transfer

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