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Trajan Shipley
14th January 2022
Consumer, Health & Environment

Commission adopts ban on the use of Titanium Dioxide as a food additive

The European Commission has adopted today a ban on the use of Titanium Dioxide as a food additive, which will apply after a 6-month transition period. Therefore, food products in the EU will have to be free of this substance.

According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Titanium Dioxide ‘is used as a food colour (E171) and, as with all food colours, its technological function is to make food more visually appealing, to give colour to food that would otherwise be colourless, or to restore the original appearance of food’.

Titanium dioxide (E 171) had been authorised as a food additive in the EU according to Annex II of Regulation 1333/2008. The decision follows a scientific opinion of EFSA which concluded that Tit


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