France will ban the use of E171, a widely used food additive, from 2020, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers.
Commonly used in foods such as confectionary and pastries, food additive number E171 refers to titanium oxide. Recent research has shown that titanium oxide crosses the intestinal barrier in animals and that it is linked to immune system disorders. The chemical has also been shown to play a role in initiating and promoting the early stages of colon cancer.
While it remains possible that some artificial additives may theoretically be safe when consumed in minute amounts and in isolation from one another, the reality is that no substantive consideration has been given by national and global regulators to the fact that such chemicals are consumed not in isolation, but in tandem with each other. In other words, the cumulative long-term effect that the consumption of multiple patented chemicals and artificial additives has on human health continues to be largely ignored.
Revealingly, many artificial additives are being manufactured by some of the same pharmaceutical and chemical companies that would like to ban vitamin supplements and force GM foods onto our dinner plates. And, as is similarly the case with pharmaceutical drugs and GM seeds, the main reason why many of these substances exist is because they can be patented. Taking out a patent on a substance essentially amounts to a passport to making higher profits from it.
To read how research from Denmark has confirmed the dangers of chemical cocktails in foods, see this article on our website.