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EU Bans Colour Additives For Foods,most especially Sweets and Cakes

European Union (EU)member states on Friday agreed to ban a widely used colouring additive for food, known as the artificial colouring E171 on labels, after the European regulator questioned its safety.

Furthermore, contains nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, and is commonly used in a wide range of consumer products, including medicines and cosmetics.The ban pertains to the additive’s use in food, where it serves mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in sweets, chewing gum, white sauces and cake icing.

The Italy-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in May found that there was a risk that the nanoparticles could cause DNA damage, and no safe level for its daily intake could be established.France suspended its use in food last year, following research suggesting titanium dioxide could cause pre-cancerous lesions in lab rats.For the time being, the pharmaceutical industry – which also uses E171 in medicine manufacturing – will not be affected by the ban, in order to prevent a shortage of medical products.

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