The European Commission has banned the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive (E171), which was suspected of being carcinogenic last year.
The ban will take effect in early July after a six-month transition period, the Brussels panel said on Friday. The European Commission’s decision means that from summer, producers will not be able to add titanium dioxide to the food they produce.
The decision of the EU committee was based on the conclusion that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in its opinion published in early May last year concluded that titanium dioxide could no longer be considered safe as a food additive.
The European Commission’s decision to ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive has been unanimously supported by EU member states, he added.
Titanium dioxide is used in many foods – including baked goods, sandwich creams, soups, sauces, salad dressings and dietary supplements. – used to color it white.