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Potassium nitrite is used as a food preservative, paint and coating additives and analytical reagent. It is used as a strong oxidizing agent as well as involved in the preparation of heat transfer salts. In addition, it is employed as corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling agents.
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Hazard Statements: H272-H301
May intensify fire; oxidizer. Toxic if swallowed.
Precautionary Statements: P221-P210v-P220-P301+P310a-P405-P501a
Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Keep away from heat Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.