A collaborative study was conducted of a spectro-photometric method for determination of nitrate after cadmium reduction to nitrite in baby foods containing meat. Thirty-one municipal and 2 industrial food laboratories participated in the study. The study design involved 2 baby food matrices. Samples of both matrices were prepared at 3 concentration revels between 52 and 309 mg NaNO3/kg as blind duplicates. A blank without added nitrate was also included. The outlier percentage of the results was very low (4.3%). It was typical for the method that recoveries were slightly >100%. Recoveries for baby foods varied between 113.3 and 116.9%, and were acceptable for control purposes. The relative standard deviations for repeatability were 5.0-18.1%. The relative standard deviations for reproducibility were 8.3-21.6%. Three collaborators also evaluated liquid chromatographic technique for nitrate determinations. These preliminary results are presented but are not analyzed statistically. The spectrophotometric method was adopted first action by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.