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DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-386454-3.00932-5
  • Antioxidants
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Preservatives
  • Sodium Metabisulfite
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Sulfurous Acid


Abstract Sulfites (sulfite CASRN 14265-45-3) are a class of compounds that are both naturally ubiquitous in the environment and commonly used in many industries and consumer products such as oxygen concentration control additives in water treatment and preservatives in wine and many foods. Sulfur dioxide gas is commonly associated with acute toxicity to those exposed, although humans and animals are exposed to sulfites in general through inhalation, oral, and dermal contact. The main effects of exposure to sulfites are respiratory difficulties and irritation of the skin and mucus membranes; certain individuals may be predisposed to sulfite sensitivity.

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