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May 30, 2019

As reported in our blog item of 2 November 2018, France has adopted a law in order to restrict to use of titanium dioxide (E171) in foods.

Yet, last February, the local French safety assessor ANSES had been requested to reconsider the safety objections on the use of the additive taking account of newly published scientific evidence. In its new Opinion ANSES concludes there are no grounds to revisit the earlier conclusions. It stands by its earlier recommendation to limit the exposure to the substance. ANSES reiterates that the exposure to nanomaterials by workers, consumers and the environment should be limited, in particular by promoting products - free from nanomaterials - that are safe and equivalent in terms of functionality and efficiency.

ANSES (12 April 2019) - AVIS de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail relatif aux risques liés à l’ingestion de l’additif alimentaire E171 - link

Following the above Opinion, the French authorities have formalised the restriction of the additive through the adoption of a Decree adopted on 25 April. The ban on the use of titanium dioxide will apply from 1 january 2020 and will last for one year.

Arrêté du 17 avril 2019 portant suspension de la mise sur le marché des denrées contenant l'additif E 171 (dioxyde de titane - TiO2) - link

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