This is fascinating on many levels.
The French ban on titanium dioxide took effect on January 1, 2020.
Are you asking yourself, why would the French be concerned enough about titanium dioxide to ban it in food?
Should I be concerned about the vitamins and supplements I take that have titanium dioxide under the “other” ingredients? Yes!
Titanium dioxide is used as a filler also known as excipient in many brands of dietary supplements in the U.S. and manufacturers are not required to tell you how much of it is in the product. The only requirement is to list it on the label under “Other Ingredients”.
A 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nano-particles of Ti02, a type of titanium dioxide. France’s National Assembly passed an amendment banning the use and importation of any food product containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive beginning January 1, 2020.
Critics say titanium dioxide serves no nutritional purpose, does not increase products’ shelf life, and may pose a risk to humans since the nano-particles may be able to pass through protective walls of organs such as the liver, lungs or intestines.
France ordered an inquiry last year after scientists reported that titanium dioxide caused precancerous lesions in 40 per cent of rats given the chemical in their drinking water.
It also sped up the development of these growths, which are not malignant but can develop into more dangerous cancers, according to France’s INRA agricultural research institute, which took part in the study.
Researchers from France and Luxembourg said that titanium dioxide was approved in the US in 1966.