Food dye E171 recognized as unsafe and will be prohibited in the EU

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The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has changed its position on titanium dioxide, E171 dye. A group of key experts stated that he could no longer be considered a safe food additive. » The authors of scientific research came to the same conclusions for several years. E171 is mainly used in the food industry as a white dye. It is added to hundreds of types of products: chewing gum, mayonnaise, confectionery, ice cream. Now the regulator will try to prohibit its use in the EU as soon as possible.

In 2016, EFSA conducted an assessment of titanium dioxide safety and concluded that explicit certificates confirming carcinogenicity or genotoxicity of the E171, no. At the same time, studies began to appear, arguing that harm from titanium dioxide can accumulate if it enters the human body in the form of nanoparticles with a diameter of less than 100 nm. In 2020, France became the first country of the world, where they banned the use of this food additive.

The head of the E171 Council, Maghed Jones, said that despite the fact that there is no complete clarity, fears regarding the genotoxicity of titanium dioxide cannot be discounted,

E171 is mainly used in the food industry as a white dye. It is added to hundreds of types of products: chewing gum, mayonnaise, confectionery, ice cream.

The new classification of the dye will not necessarily lead to an immediate ban on this supplement in the European Union. However, the Council’s opinion usually serves as a basis for relevant actions by the regulatory bodies of the European Commission and the participating countries. Stella Kiriakides, the EU Food Health and Safety Commissioner, has already written on Twitter that the E171 should be fully prohibited the draft law on consideration as soon as possible.

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