Titanium Dioxide Not Safe As Food Additive

Titanium dioxide not safe as food additive

On 6 May 2021, the European Food Safety Association (EFSA), announced that titanium dioxide, or E171, is no longer considered safe to be used as a food additive.  

EFSA stated that “ […] A critical element in reaching this conclusion is that we could not exclude genotoxicity concerns after consumption of titanium dioxide particles. After oral ingestion, the absorption of titanium dioxide particles is low, however they can accumulate in the body.”   

This announcement is in regards to E171 as a food additive, and not for other uses. The food additive has not been banned. 
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