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Stating the obvious[edit]

Those who are allergic to sulfites are urged to avoid products that could contain them.

Is this not rather an obvious thing to say? — sjorford++ 08:25, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Look at it specifically. They aren't just -advised- to avoid products that -do- contain them, they're _urged_ to avoid products that even _could_ contain them.

So then are you going to tell us why this specific allergy deserves a higher threat warning? What would you tell someone who is allergic to bees? Are they advised or urged to stay away from bees? Niubrad 19:17, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

The real issue becomes hidden dangers. Such as Yellow 5. Pickles. Pills - how about having your doc prescribe it to you! One day vendor food seller sells you xyz and it is just fine. The next day or week - there is a scare and now his food is sprinkled with sulfite. One can't watch out nor avoid that. Sulfite has been outrightly banned so many times and brought back because of the chemical industry. Big money. It is stated that 1% can die from this - but that isn't bad enough. The real numbers are 36% from a report done in California. Thirty Five was those that had severe to not sure. I'm severe at this time, but it damaging my memory and mucking around in my blood stream makes me concerned.

Well, it is only like what is written on most food containers. Jars of mustard will say "contains mustard", packets of fish cakes say "contains fish" and I expect that packets of sesame seeds point that they contain sesame seeds. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 17:22, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Article Typo[edit]

There is also some interesting debate and evidence that suggests that sulphites lead to thiamine deficiency. This may be another additional reason why alcoholics become thiamine depleted. They eat more rubbish food, and the goodness of thiamine may be destroyed by the alcohol they drink.

Kazevac 16 Feb 2007 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:35, 16 February 2007 (UTC).


To the uninformed chemist, all this talk of sulfites without mentioning a single chemical compound makes this article rather weaselly. Could someone list down exactly what sulfites are present, and which people are sensitive to? --Rifleman 82 15:35, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Sulfite Model[edit]

The sulfite anion does not exhibit resonance. It has 3 single bonds from the central sulfur atom to each oxygen and one lone pair on the central sulfur atom. Roznerjs (talk) 03:03, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

This is correct. We need to move past the out-dated formal charge reduction model... as it has no basis or evidence for its existence in reality. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:06, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Find a reliable source for this assertion and we can include it in the article. --Ben (talk) 10:29, 18 July 2011 (UTC)


please say where this is referring to:

Labeling regulations don't require that products indicate the presence of sulfites in foods other than wine

sian (talk) 17:53, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

how to test for sulfite[edit]

the article could be improved if it mentioned how to test for the presence of sulfite. -- Waveguy (talk) 09:01, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

Health Risk Section[edit]

The majority of this section addresses the regulatory framework and its applications as a food preservative/enhancer

I don't see how this content fall under the 'Health Risks' section

Instead, they should be migrated to the 'Commercial uses' section

Bloodstriker (talk) 18:33, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

"the acid itself"[edit]

See [1]. I assume "the acid itself" indeed refers to sulfurous acid? Any possibility of better wording than mine? — This, that and the other (talk) 06:24, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

Sulfites banned for use with fresh fruit?[edit]

Obviously not. See image. I bought these at Costco last weekend. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gnoledge (talkcontribs) 01:52, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Grape Juice[edit]

In the Wine section we have: "Without sulfites, grape juice would quickly turn to vinegar." If you leave it open to the air yes, and so will wine. Why are we talking about grape juice here? (talk) 06:04, 23 May 2016 (UTC)