Titanium Dioxide In Food Potentially Linked To Gut Health Effects

Author:Ms Cristiana Spontoni, Colleen Heisey, Françoise Labrousse, Katherine M. Llewellyn, Marina E. Moreno and Laura E. Koman
Profession:Jones Day

Titanium dioxide (E 171) is a food additive that is widely used in foods and confectionery as a whitening agent. A French proposal has been issued to set a mandatory EU classification of titanium dioxide as a 1B inhalation carcinogen. If adopted, such classification would heavily impact further use of titanium dioxide. On February 2, 2017, the Chemical Watch reported that in addition to the ongoing classification proposal, new findings conducted by the French National Institute of Agricultural Research revealed that titanium dioxide particles crossed the rat gut barrier...

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