I have read in several places about the claim that Oreo cookies may be using titanium dioxide in their preparation. This additive, although widely used, has been recently under the suspicion of provoking cancer (still low level of risk and not conclusive). I read that this food additive was recently banned in France. The question is that Oreos are still being sold in France supermarkets and moreover in the package (in France and other EU countries) there is no mention at all to this additive E171 in the EU mandatory ingredients label. So my question is: how true is the assertion that Oreo cookies contain that substance?
My guess is that this is a legend or something done in order to damage the reputation of the company because they would be forced by law to declare their use of this additive and if they do not mention it that has to mean that they are not using it. Am I right?
Or maybe they are using it but it is afterwards taken away from the cookies so the final product does not contain it and it is thus free from any possible contamination and risks associated with E171. I personally find this point a bit tricky and would not be surprised if this last point is true but using Occam's razor makes me thing that the most probable is that the claim that they use the ingredient without labelling it is just a hoax to damage the company's large reputation in favour of their (smaller) competitors (even more when the information that they use E171 in the production of the cookies is linked to a case of patent infringement and stealing of protected industrial secrets and information).