New titanium dioxide–free white hard gelatin capsules from Lonza meet EU requirements banning TiO2

The European Commission is now banning titanium dioxide as a food additive in the EU, with a six-month phaseout period that ends August 7, 2022.

Lonza (Basel, Switzerland) has added a titanium dioxide–free (TiO2 free) white hard gelatin capsule to its Capsugel capsules line to help companies meet new European Union regulations banning titanium dioxide from foods. The European Commission is now banning titanium dioxide as a food additive in the EU, with a six-month phaseout period that ends August 7, 2022.

Lonza already offers other titanium dioxide–free capsules, such as its Capsugel White Opal HPMC capsule. The newest hard gelatin capsule provides a bright white color and features alternative opacifying technology. It also offers good masking and protection of the product formula from light, the company says.

As the company’s press release explains, “This novel opacifying technology leverages the functionality of crystalized salts to provide the same whiteness and masking as capsules containing TiO2. In an internal head-to-head comparison study, Lonza’s TiO2 alternative solution provided excellent light protection and opacity compared to other TiO2 alternatives as well as capsules produced with TiO2.”