USDA Processors Calculation Handbook

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April 26, 2020

 INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................................1

  • Overview and Purpose............................................................................................................. 1
  • Background .................................................................................................................................2
  • Establishment Responsibilities .............................................................................................4
  • Inspection Responsibilities .....................................................................................................4

CONVERSION TO PARTS PER MILLION (PPM) .....................................................................6

CURING AGENT (NITRITE AND NITRATE)

CALCULATIONS ...............................................................................................................................11

  • Introduction ..................................................................................................................................11
  • Nitrite Used in cured, Comminuted Products ....................................................................12
  • Nitrite Used in Cured, Pickled Products ..............................................................................19
  • Nitrite Used in Cured, Dry Products .....................................................................................24
  • Nitrite Used in Bacon .................................................................................................................27
  • Nitrate Used in Cured, Comminuted, Pickled, and Dry Products .................................31
  • Nitrite and Nitrate Used Together in a Single Curing Method ......................................32
  • Nitrite and Nitrate Used Together with More Than One Curing Method ...................33

CURE ACCELERATOR CALCULATIONS ....................................................................................34

  • Introduction ..................................................................................................................................34
  • Cure Accelerator Limits ............................................................................................................34
  • Cure Accelerators Used in Cured, Comminuted Products ............................................35
  • Cure Accelerators Used in Cured, Pickled Products .......................................................36
  • Replacing Cure Accelerators with Citric Acid or Sodium Citrate ...............................37

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