Did FSANZ whitewash the Titanium Dioxide issue?
A recent scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 6 May 2021 has recommended that titanium dioxide no longer be considered safe when used as a food additive. This article looks at the decision by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in findings published in 2016 to permit the continuing use of nano forms of titanium dioxide and other substances, and a need to review that assessment. A nanoparticle is a piece of matter ranging between 1 and 100 nanometres in size, where a nanometre is one billionth of a metre. Nanoparticles form a part of nanotechnology, which generally refers to the production and usage of materials on a nano-or-atomic-scale.