Titanium Dioxide Ban – Is your food business ready?

The subject of titanium dioxide’s safety profile as a food additive has been circulating in the European space since EFSA’s initial opinion in 2016.

Titanium Dioxide is known as food additive E171, often labelled as such, and it’s an ingredient used to add white colour to products, extremely popular in confectionary goods but also in food supplements.

The European Commission has introduced a ban on E171, which is no longer considered safe, following the publication of Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/63 in the EU ammending Annex II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives accordingly. On 30th of November 2021, the European Commission had published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2090, which denies the authorization of titanium dioxide as a feed additive for all animal species.

Titanium Dioxide Ban

The ban in food for human consumption in the EU and Northern Ireland took effect on February 7, 2022, with a phase out period until August 7, 2022. Past this date, no new products containing E171 can be placed ion the market, however, products already on shelves can remain until they reach their expiry date.

Separately, the Swiss authorities are also introducing a ban on E171 in Switzerland, with the phase-out period ending on September 15, 2022. Past this date, no food products containing titanium dioxide can be placed on the market in Switzerland.

On the territory of Great Britain, TiO2 will still be accepted as an additive with a risk assessment by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland expected to be published in the early part of 2023.

With the deadlines for EU, Northern Ireland and Switzerland approaching fast, is your business ready to phase out E171?

JensonR+ can advise on possible solutions and support you in finding the path to compliance. Visit our ‘Health Food and Food Supplements’ page and get in touch with one of our experts if you have any queries regarding titanium dioxide or other regulatory matters.

Mihai Inceu