Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Qatar have banned the use of Titanium dioxide E171. This is followed the EFSA’s updated risk assessment of this additive and SFDA circular FS-CIR-1-V1/220421.
Saudi FDA has issued a circular stating that E171 is banned from usage in food products. In addition, existing registrations of food products containing this additive will be stopped. All legal measures will be taken by 21st October 2022.
Yemen has issued a decree banning the use of titanium dioxide in all food products starting 25th September 2022.
Qatar also published a circular (on 09.06.2022) about the ban of the use of E171 (Titanium dioxide) in all foodstuffs. The deadline for local and imported products is now 15th October 2022, after which it will not be allowed to import or locally produce any product that contains E171. Products already in the Qatari market that contain E171, have to be removed by this specific date.
Other GCC countries may follow this ban.
- Date of Entry into Force (KSA): 21.10.2022
- Date of Entry into Force (Yemen): 26.09.2022
- Date of Entry into Force (Qatar): 15.10.2022
More regulations on Titanium Dioxide:
- 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