The European Commission intends to allow to remove the label warning about the possibility of the product causing cancer with foods containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the liquid form.
Warnings about the possibility of development of cancer, most likely, will not be placed on the packaging of sunscreens-sprays, cosmetics and aerosol paints containing TiO2, even though it goes against the official scientific advice and is an example of unprecedented lobbying by the industry.
The European chemicals Agency (ECHA) has informed the European Commission that all products with this substance have to have on the packaging a warning because when inhaled TiO2 can be considered a carcinogen. The opinion was supported by the who and representatives of the United States.
This is the first time the Commission rejected the opinion of experts from the ECHA since the Agency was created in 2008. The Commission leaves unchanged the marking of products with titanium dioxide in powder form, which should be on the package label as a “potential carcinogen”, but wants to soften the text to a warning – “If you spray drops can form “for liquid products.
If it is approved, it will be a categorical rejection of the evidence of science for commercial reasons, and would set a dangerous precedent, according to the letter signed by 28 non-state civil society organizations. The relevant EU law on the labelling States that workers and consumers should be warned about chemical hazards solely on a scientific basis, without any political considerations. The EU Commission mentioned, political considerations in the documents for the April, June and September 2018.
The Commission’s proposal was taken at a meeting of government officials in Brussels on 14 and 15 February. The decision will be made by the Commission shortly after the vote.
Manager of the European Bureau for the environment, working in the field of chemicals. Tatiana Santos said: “Obviously, spray paint, hair dye and sunscreen can eventually be inhaled. And yet the Commission wants to Dodge this reality. Hide warnings about the harm to health to support the sale of a toxic product is wrong. We see this because the industry has spent millions on doctors and expensive lawyers, when they had to spend the money to make their products more secure.”