France to ban titanium dioxide – E171

Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a pigment for whitening and brightening candies, pastries, chewing gum and even sunscreen. Studies discovered that the food additive may cause cancer.

 

Brune Poirson, a junior minister in environmental ministry said: “We want to suspend the use of this substance as a food additive in France by the end of the year.”

 

Next steps

 

France posed an inquiry to the European Commission to suspend titanium dioxide. As a result the Commission requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to examine four additional studies before deciding final steps regarding titanium dioxide. EFSA announced to reveal the findings this summer.

 

 

Health risks

 

Critics underline that titanium dioxide add no nutritional value to the product, doesn’t increase the products shelf life and also pose an health risk because nano particles might pass through protective walls of organs such as lungs, liver or intestines.

 

 


Sources:

Food Navigator and The Telegraph

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