JFDA suspends licensing food products containing titanium dioxide

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AMMAN — The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) has stopped licensing any food product containing titanium dioxide, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.  اضافة اعلان

Earlier in August, a circular was issued banning using or importing titanium dioxide, or any production input or food product containing it, and doing away with all previous approvals, according to the JFDA’s statement on Saturday. 

JFDA Director-General Nizar Mhaidat said in a statement: “A deadline has been given until December 31, , to ban this article completely, and to find an opportunity to correct the situation and replace it with another safe and permitted substance.”

 He added that this decision came as “a proactive measure in light of the decision of the European Food Safety Authority, and its continuous updates and studies on the inability to consider this substance safe for use in the food industry, with information proving that it is carcinogenic, as per the approved international references, foremost of which is the World Food Code, which has not prevented the use of this substance until now”.

The UN granted approval for different products containing titanium, and five years may lapse before the ban decision is issued, and the substance is still allowed in a number of countries, including Britain, Australia, the US, Canada and China, according to JFDA.

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