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Sodium Nitrate is pure general industrial chemical and are used in industries for diverse purposes having its numerous applications in the dairy industry.
-Pasteurising cheese milk
-The salt absorbed by the cheese during the brine bath inhibits the germination of the spores.
Adding Sodium nitrate halts the butyric acid fermentation process. Sodium nitrate is converted into nitrite by the enzyme xanthine-oxydase and the nitrite stops the germination of butyric acid spores. The nitrite is slowly reduced in the cheese.