EU to ban the use of Titanium Dioxide (E171) in 2022

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The EU will ban the use of Titanium Dioxide (E171) as a food additive next year.

Member States, including Spain, have approved the European Commission’s proposal to ban the use of Titanium Dioxide (E171) as a food additive from 2022.

Titanium Dioxide is used as a colorant in a number of products such as chewing gum, pastries, food supplements, soups and broths.

Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, in charge of Health and Food Safety, said: “The safety of our food and the health of our consumers is not negotiable.

“Today, we act decisively with our Member States, based on sound science, to remove a risk from a chemical used in food,” she added on October.

The Commission’s proposal is based on a scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority, which concluded that E171 could no longer be considered as safe when used as a food additive, in particular due to the fact that concerns regarding genotoxicity cannot be ruled out.

Unless an objection is adopted by the end of the year by either the Council or the European Parliament, the text will enter into force in early 2022. This will then kick-off a six-month phasing out period after which a full ban will apply in food products.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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