Suspension of the use of titanium dioxide
Question for written answer E-000066/2022
to the Commission
Mario Furore (NI), Sabrina Pignedoli (NI), Chiara Gemma (NI), Tiziana Beghin (NI)
Further to the opinion of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, titanium dioxide has been classified as potentially carcinogenic. The Commission has therefore banned the use of the substance as a food additive and restricted its use in cosmetics. However, titanium dioxide is still used in pharmaceuticals and toothpastes, in which it serves a purely aesthetic function.
- 1.In the light of recent findings, will the Commission also assess the risks associated with the use of titanium dioxide in medical and cosmetic products, and ban such usage where necessary?
- 2.Will it also consider suspending the manufacture of this substance to prevent health and environmental risks in accordance with the ‘do no significant harm’ principle?