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European Commission urged to ban food additive E171: ‘Prevention is better than cure’

6th May 2019

A joint letter requesting the Commission ban the use of titanium dioxide, or food additive E171, across the bloc has been penned by nine EU-level civil society organisations.

In a letter to the European Commission, 9 EU countries have demanded that Titanium Dioxide (E171), a white food colour used predominatly in confectionary, baked goods and sauces, is removed from the EU list of permitted additives. This is due to the potential carcinogenic risk that the additive threats. France has already banned the use of the colour from 2020.


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Food Labelling Services comments:

All food additives have to be assessed for safety by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority before being permitted for use and registered in Annex II to Regulation (EC) 1333/2008, the Union List of Food Additives. This list details categories of foodstuffs, and whether additives are permitted for use in these foodstuffs, and at what limit. Food Labelling Services checks against this register when completing compliance checks on products, to ensure that any additives are used legally. For further details see https://www.foodlabellingservices.co.uk/

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