Natural additives eliminate nitrites in British bacon


In the UK, the cancer risk in bacon, the beloved British fry-up, will be slashed next month with a technological breakthrough that eliminates dangerous nitrites. Naked Bacon has been developed by the Northern Irish artisan food manufacturer, Finnebrogue. It will be the UK’s only bacon to be free from nitrites, preservatives, E numbers and all allergens.

Finnebrogue, a leading sausage and venison supplier to top UK supermarkets, worked with a Spanish chemist to develop a new way of flavoring traditional British bacon without nitrites – something that has never been done before. The natural flavor is produced from natural Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts, following ten years of research and development.

The flavor is being used in continental style hams in the European Union, but this will be the first time it has been applied to British bacon and available to UK consumers, following a £14 million initial investment from Finnebrogue.