UK Approved – The Latest On E171

FYI – Here’s your update on the E171 changes.

We’re here sharing the news that the white food colouring – known as E171 – has been officially UK approved as a safe food additive.

Otherwise named Titanium Dioxide, it’s used widely in everyday products from ready-made icing and edible glitters to white chocolate (and even toothpaste!) to make things brighter 🤩and whiter.  It’s also an ingredient used in baked goods, sandwich spreads, soups, sauces, salad dressing, and food supplements. 

You might be aware that the European Commission is adopting a ban on this additive in the EU and Northern Ireland from Summer 2022 – which will apply after a six-month transition period to phase it out. During this time, companies will need to find ways to reformulate products if they want to keep them in circulation.

This is because the EFSA (European Foods Standard Agency) – which is responsible for periodically re-evaluating food additives that have been approved for use in the past – didn’t have sufficient data to calculate a safe daily intake level for E171. Scientists were unable to rule out concern for genotoxicity (the ability of a chemical substance to damage DNA), which has prompted the ban.

But, the UK will not be bringing the ban here. The guys in white coats at the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) both agreed – after reviewing the evidence 📋✏️ – that they weren’t able to identify any safety concerns and therefore both concluded that no changes are needed 👍

So this means we can keep enjoying our favourite products for making delicious and good looking goodies! YAY!

If you’d like to know more about this update, you can check out the officials here.

Happy baking and decorating! 🧁🎂

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