Titanium Dioxide Banned as a Food Additive in the EU?

Sep 24, 2022


The latest EU food laws

The European Commission is banning titanium dioxide (E171) as a food additive in the EU, starting with a six-month phasing out period as of February 7, 2022, until August 7, 2022, after which a full ban applies. Following the publication of Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/63 in the EU’s Official Journal (OJ) on January 18, 2022, Annex II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives will be amended accordingly. The Regulation also includes a commitment to review the necessity to maintain or delete titanium dioxide (E171) from the EU list of food additives for exclusive use as a color in medicinal products. On November 30, 2021, the Commission had already published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2090 in the OJ, denying the authorization of titanium dioxide (E171) as a feed additive for all animal species.


What should companies do?

Comply with the relevant food laws and regulations of the EU, and sell all products containing titanium dioxide as soon as possible within the deadline. If all the products have not been sold within the time limit, the products in stock should be sold in non-EU regions, such as North America, South America, Asia, etc.


Are there any food pigments that do not contain titanium dioxide?

Before the European Union promulgated the decree prohibiting the addition of titanium dioxide to food, sunflower group has successfully developed high-end effect pigments without titanium dioxide, which have been routinely mass-produced and sold. Whether it is appearance effect or performance safety, this series of products have passed the test of time and practice.


Advanced Titanium Dioxide Free Food Pigment

Sunflower Chemical Group has four series of titanium dioxide-free food coloring products: white, gold, brown and interference. The product has adhered to the absolutely harmless safety concept as early as the research and development stage, aiming to provide users with 100% safe food raw materials. At present, it has passed kosher certification, halal certification and a number of SGS test reports. Since the product was launched on the market, it has been serving customers in the food industry (candy, ice cream, beverage, chocolate, cake), pharmaceutical industry (pills, capsules), and daily chemical industry (toothpaste, bath, shampoo, skin care). Provide a complete set of advanced raw material solutions for the industry.