Sodium Nitrate and Vultures

To answer the question, yes, we are very concerned about the fate of secondary consumers should they consume meat or other tissues from swine controlled through the use of sodium nitrite. As stated briefly in the article, SN is a commonly used food preservative and therefore somewhat safe in terms of an active ingredient for a toxicant. But it is highly unstable – therein lies the inherent problem as a substance applied in the environment. Stabilizing it is the trick and something that requires professional chemists which fortunately we have been able to address and overcome. In the environment however, it readily reacts with moisture and heat and degrades into other substances. This i

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