IPEC e-newsletter - Excipients Insight October 2018 - 31-10-18


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France plans to ban titanium dioxide as food additive by year-end

France has followed through with its plans to introduce a ban on titanium dioxide (E171), ruling that as of 2019, no food product can contain TiO2 in France. TiO2 is also used in pharmaceutical preparations as an excipient.

Brune Poirson, a junior minister in France’s environmental ministry, said: “We want to suspend the use of this substance as a food additive by the end of the year.” The move is part of a basket of measures agreed by France’s National Assembly towards the end of September that are aimed at improving the quality of processed foods in France, including reducing the number of approved additives from 338 to 48 by 2025.

Some food and confectionary companies have already pledged to phase out the use of TiO2, most recently supermarket chain Casino which said it would remove the ingredient from all of its products by the end of this year. Earlier this year, confectionary manufacturers also pledged to remove TiO2 from all their products by 2021.

The debate about the safety of the ingredient stems from a 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nanoparticles of inhaled TiO2. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stated in 2016 that TiO2 poses no health concerns – a position that it reiterated in July after being requested by the European Commission to look again into the data available on the ingredient.




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