Regulatory challenges: the case of E171 in the EU and the UK
10 Feb 2022
Titanium dioxide, also known as E171 is an additive very commonly used as a white colourant in food, but also in many other products, e.g., paints, cosmetics, toothpaste, etc. ...
New French study on the harmfulness of food additives for human health
17 Nov 2021
Food additives are substances intentionally added to foodstuffs for various technological, sensory, and nutritional purposes (e.g. extending shelf life, sweetening, or stabilizing ...
French Health Agency updates its risk assessment methods after the E171 ban
26 Oct 2021
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) proposed a new assessment method for nanomaterials to assess their risks in supplement ingred...
E171 ban decision confirmed in the SCoPAFF
08 Oct 2021
On 8 October 2021, the Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed voted in favour of a proposal submitted by the European Commission to ban food additive E 171 (Titanium di...
MEPs follow up on EFSA’s opinion regarding E171
31 May 2021
On 31 May 2021, a group of 4 MEPs from 3 different groups asked the Commission about its intent to propose an EU-wide ban on food additive E171 (titanium dioxide). It is still uncl...
E171 no longer considered safe for use as a food additive
06 May 2021
On 6 May 2021, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its long-awaited safety assessment of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a food additive (E171). The assessment c...
European Parliament supports objections on E171 and Acrylamide
08 Oct 2020
On 7 October 2020, the plenary session of the European Parliament supported two objections opposing two Commission regulation on E171 (Titanium Dioxide in food) and acrylamide. Thi...
SAFE welcomes MEPs’ decision to object new EC specifications for E171
08 Sep 2020
SAFE welcomes the positive outcome of the vote which occurred yesterday evening and hope that this democratic decision will encourage the Commission to promote a complete removal o...
Titanium Dioxide Classification in force from October 2021, E171 still under review
13 Mar 2020
Titanium dioxide is often found in commonly-used domestic substances such as paint, sunscreen, and toothpaste. However, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for R...
Agrifood manufacturers can do without E171
27 Jan 2020
The last few months have seen a growing awareness amongst the general public about the concerning issue of titanium dioxide in food –food addtive E171– with almost 85,0...
Commissioner Kyriakides respond to 34 MEPs’ letter on E171
23 Jan 2020
On 17 December 2019, a cross-party coalition of 34 MEPs sent a letter to Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to ask for an extension of the French ban on the whit...
MEPs support the French ban on food additive E171
18 Dec 2019
On 17 December 2019, a cross-party coalition of 34 MEPs sent a letter to Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to ask for an extension of the French ban on E171 to ...
European civil society groups urge EU Commissioner to ban E171 in food
06 Dec 2019
On 5 Dec 2019, European civil society groups have sent a joint letter to Ms. Stella Kyriakides – European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on the issue of the white co...
Concerns about E171 cross borders
30 Oct 2019
As shown in a test done on 12 different products, titanium dioxide in food (E171) is present in plenty of your food without you even knowing about it. SAFE has launched a petition ...
Petition to extend the French ban on Titanium Dioxide in Food Products (E171)
22 Oct 2019
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 cal...
E171: consumers must be put first
23 Sep 2019
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...
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
12 Sep 2019
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 soci...
Divided opinions about the French ban on E171
27 Jun 2019
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 significa...
Joint letter to demand the removal of E171 from the EU list of permitted food additives
06 May 2019
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...
Food additive E171 banned in food products in France
23 Apr 2019
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 ph...