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    An unsafe substance added to food … so how can it affect human health

    The European Union’s Food Safety Authority said that the widely used substance added to pastries, known as artificial color “E171”, “should not be considered safe anymore for consumption.” “E171” contains particles of titanium dioxide and is commonly used in consumer products, such as food, candy, chewing gum, white sauces and cakes, but its consumption was stopped in France last year due to health concerns.

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said that after analyzing the evidence, there is a risk that titanium dioxide nanoparticles can cause DNA damage and it is impossible to determine a safe level of daily intake.

    “Taking into account all the available studies and scientific data, the group concluded that titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe as a dietary supplement,” said Majid Yunus, head of the authority’s food additive experts group. He added, “After absorbing titanium dioxide particles, it can build up in the body.”

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