A carcinogenic ingredient has been found in a food product from Serbia, the European Rapid Alert System in Food Trade (RASFF) announced today.
The Croatian customs found a harmful substance in cookies produced in Serbia during regular border control. The truck transporting the cookies was returned to the Serbian exporter.
The cookies contain food colouring based on titanium dioxide, better known as E-171, which was banned in the European Union in August last year.
The European Commission decided to ban the use of titanium dioxide in food because it can cause genotoxicity, DNA damage and potentially cancer.
Titanium dioxide is a natural oxide of titanium that has a very wide use. Among other things, it is used as an ingredient in paints, sun creams and food colouring.
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