Washington, D.C.—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a Citizen Petition from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) asking FDA to revoke the use of the colorant titanium dioxide (TiO2) in foods, including dietary supplements.

CHPA's stance: "There is a substantial body of scientific evidence that has been extensively reviewed by a diverse set of regulatory authorities that supports the safe use of TiO2 as a food additive." A "hasty ban" on TiO2 in dietary supplements would have far-reaching consequences, CHPA cautioned, noting that TiO2 plays a "crucial role" in enhancing the stability and functionality of various dietary supplement finished products.

CHPA outlines several key points on TiO2:

  • Established safety and regulatory compliance already exists for TiO2
  • TiOserves a critical functional role in dietary supplements
  • There is a lack of viable alternatives to TiO2
  • There are economic implications if TiOwere no longer permitted for use
  • Consumers accept and are aware of TiOin products

Consumer safety is always a top concern for the dietary supplement industry, CHPA stressed. "Based on extensive scientific research and regulatory evaluations, TiO2 is deemed safe for use as a food additive when consumed within established regulatory limits," the associated noted, adding that a ban on TiO2 in food and dietary supplements would be unjustified.