Starting from 7 August 2022, food produced or placed on the EU market after 7 August 2022 cannot contain the previously permitted food additive- titanium dioxide (E171). The ban is effective for all EU Member States.
In May 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion that stated that titanium dioxide is no longer considered safe when used as a food additive. This regulation entered into force on 7 February 2022. However, the Regulation included a six-month transitional period for the EU food industry to comply with the ban. This period ends on 7 August 2022.
Titanium dioxide (E171) was authorised as a food additive in the EU as a food colour, to make food more visually appealing. It is also present in cosmetics, paints, and medicines. It is the first time in the history of food additives that a food additive will be regulated more tightly and stricter in food than in a medicinal product.
The main food categories contributing to dietary exposure to E171 are fine bakery wares, soups, broths, sauces and processed nuts.
More regulations on Titanium Dioxide:
- Titanium Dioxide Banned as a Food Additive in KSA, Yemen and Qatar
- EU: Reevaluate the Safety of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) in Cosmetic Products
- UK Considers EU’s Ban on Titanium Dioxide
- EU Sets Date for Complete Removal of Titanium Dioxide Containing Products off the EU Market