Comment on the German Institute for Risk Assessment’s evaluation of the EFSA 2021 opinion on E171

On 8th December 2021, the German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published its evaluation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s opinion dated 6 May 2021 about titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive (E171). The BfR’s evaluation identifies no new concerns over E171.

On 17 September 2021 the TDMA made its detailed observations about the 2021 EFSA opinion available. The TDMA is committed to engaging with the EFSA and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that a full and transparent review is conducted using all available data and best practices. It is investing in new science to confirm the safety of E171. The TDMA continues to stand behind the safety of TiO2 in all intended applications.

Background on the EFSA opinion on E171

The European Commission’s proposal follows the EFSA opinion published 6 May 2021. The EFSA opinion itself concluded that there was no general toxicity, no organ toxicity, and no effects on reproductive and developmental toxicity. The EFSA assessment did not conclude that E171 is genotoxic but identified uncertainties with a need to further investigate the effects of the substance.

The TDMA will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that a full and transparent review is conducted using all available data and best practices.

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