Prohibition of titanium dioxide?

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is currently authorised as a food additive (E 171) according to Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 and can be used as a white colour pigment in various foods. Based on a revised opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), according to which a genotoxicity of titanium dioxide when ingested orally cannot be excluded, the EU Commission submitted its proposal to ban the food additive at the beginning of the year. The EU member states have now approved the EU Commission's proposal.

Provided the European Parliament or the Council does not raise any objections by the end of the year, the draft regulation will enter into force at the turn of the year (beginning of 2022). The draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 provides for a transitional period of 6 months for the ban of titanium dioxide as a food additive. Foodstuffs already produced may be marketed until the end of their shelf life.


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efsa statement https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/titanium-dioxide-e171-no-longer-considered-safe-when-used-food-additive