What is E171?

What is E171?

2nd Feb 2024

What is E171? Everything You Need to Know

Hey there, cake enthusiasts and decorating aficionados! Today, we're diving into a topic that has been making waves in the world of food and confectionery: E171. If you're wondering what on earth E171 is and why it matters, you're in the right place. Let's break it down.

What is E171?

E171 might sound like the name of a distant planet or a secret code, but it's actually a food additive known as titanium dioxide. You may have come across it in the list of ingredients on various food products, including those used in cake decorating. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a whitening agent and to add brightness to a variety of food items, cosmetics, and even medications.

Where is E171 Found?

You might find E171 lurking in a variety of products, from candies and chocolates to icing sugar and cake decorations. In the world of cake decorating, it's often used in white icing, fondants, and other decorative elements to achieve that pristine, snowy-white finish that we all love.

Why the Controversy?

Now, here's where things get a bit complicated. Despite its widespread use, E171 has sparked controversy and concerns over its safety. Some studies have suggested that there may be potential health risks associated with the consumption of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which are used in E171. These concerns have prompted calls for further research and regulatory action.

The Debate Continues

While some regulatory bodies have deemed E171 safe for consumption within specified limits, others have taken a more cautious approach. In 2020, for example, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that titanium dioxide as a food additive can no longer be considered safe for use. This decision has led to its ban by The European Commission.

Our Commitment to Quality and Safety

At The Vanilla Valley, we take the safety and well-being of our customers seriously. That's why we're closely monitoring developments surrounding E171 and other food additives. While E171 remains legal in many regions, we understand the concerns that have been raised and are committed to offering alternative products that meet our high standards for quality and safety.

What Can You Do?

As consumers, it's essential to stay informed about the ingredients in the products we use and consume. While E171 is still found in many food items, including some of our favourite cake decorating supplies, there are alternatives available. Opting for products that are free from E171 or other controversial additives can provide peace of mind and support your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

The Bottom Line

E171 may be a small ingredient, but it's generating big discussions within the food industry and among consumers. While the debate over its safety continues, it's essential to stay informed, ask questions, and make choices that align with your values and priorities. At The Vanilla Valley, we're here to support you on your journey to creating beautiful, delicious treats while prioritizing safety and quality every step of the way.

So, next time you're whipping up a batch of cupcakes or decorating a stunning cake, take a moment to consider the ingredients you're using. And remember, whether you choose to embrace E171 or seek out alternatives, we've got your back with a wide range of high-quality products to fuel your creativity.