Nitrite levels in commercially available baby purees marketed in Turkey

Erkekoǧlu P., AŞCI A., BAYDAR T.

Hacettepe University Journal of the Faculty of Pharmacy, vol.29, no.1, pp.1-10, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Name: Hacettepe University Journal of the Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-10


This study was aimed to detect whether there was any nitrite contamination in baby purees and to estimate the possible toxicological risks. For this purpose, twenty-two baby purees were randomly collected from the local markets. A modified spectrophotometric method was used to detect nitrite levels in the samples. It was found that the vegetable-based purees had 58.66% higher nitrite concentration than fruit-based purees. According to the data, it can be concluded that commercial baby purees should be monitored routinely because of the nitrite content and surveillance should be continuous in order to reduce of nitrite consumption.