E171


Petition to extend the French ban on Titanium Dioxide in Food Products (E171)

SAFE, ECOS and Agir Pour l’Environnement have launched a petition to support the removal of controversial food additive E171 (Titanium Dioxide) from the French market. We call for an extension of this measure to the whole EU. Support our petition here. Watch our explanatory video here. Please find an article (in IT) written by il […]


E171: consumers must be put first

SAFE and other CSOs recently published a press release to urge the European Commission and national expert representatives to uphold the French ban on food colourant E171 (Titanium Dioxide, TiO2). On 23 September, another article from Euractiv recalls that important lobbying activities have been conducted by titanium dioxide manufacturers on this issue. The article also […]


European civil society groups raise questions about industry-funded study on E171 toxicity and call on decision-makers to support the French ban on unnecessary food additive

A crucial European meeting to discuss the French ban of E171 – the food additive version of titanium dioxide – is due to take place on Monday 16th September. Civil society groups across Europe raise questions about a new industry study released ahead of this meeting and warn against diverting decision-makers’ attention from the already […]


Divided opinions about the French ban on E171

A recent evaluation of titanium dioxide in food from the French national food safety agency ANSES belied EFSA’s assessment of this substance. The evaluation highlighted significant data gaps and recommended limiting exposure to the food colouring E171, which has proved to be potentially carcinogenic. A French decree from 17 April banned the whitening food additive […]


Joint letter to demand the removal of E171 from the EU list of permitted food additives

On 3rd May, SAFE and 8 EU NGOs (BEUC, CIEL, ECOS, EEB, FoodWatch International, HEAL, HEJ, WECF) sent a letter supported by 30 national NGOs to Vice-President Jyrki Kaitanen urging the European Commission and Member States not to oppose the French decision to ban the white colouring E171 (titanium dioxide), which has frequently been pointed […]


Food additive E171 banned in food products in France

Last week, we were pleased to hear that France decided to ban the use of titanium dioxide (E171, a substance used to obtain white colouring in food, cosmetics, paint, creams and pharmaceuticals) as a food additive from 1st January 2020 after the country’s health and safety agency (ANSES) reported a lack of evidence to guarantee […]