There’s been a lot of developments happening in Califronia’s food industry. From the approval of lab-grown meat consumption, to the passing of a bill that grants fast food workers more power and protection, the food landscape of the state is gradually beginning to shift.
The latest bill to receive approval from The California State Assembly bans certain ingredients commonly found in popular candies. According to ABC 7, staple sweets like Skittles, Nerds, along with other processed foods will all be impacted.
Named Assembly Bill 418, it was proposed by Rep. Jesse Gabriel from Woodland Hills, and now moves to the state Senate for review. The bill bans processed foods that include the chemicals red dye no. 3, titanium dioxide, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, and propyl paraben. California is the first U.S. state to follow in the steps of the European Union, who banned the five chemicals years ago.
“Today’s strong vote is a major step forward in our effort ot protect children and families in Cliafornia from dangerous and toxic chemicals in our food supply,” Gabriel said. “It’s unacceptable that the U.S. is so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to banning these dangerous additives.”
This is interesting following the recent story we shared where food scientist Bruno Xavier breaks down and recreates Skittles. In the video, he explains what role each ingredient plays and whether or not they’re healthy for consumption. He goes on to state that some listed ingredients are in fact toxic at large doses yet harmless in small quantities.
Studies have shown the health risks of consuming the chemicals, which include cancer, behavioral issues in children, reproductive and immune system harm. Most often, the chemicals are used to extend shelf life and enhance taste and aesthetic. While many popular brands like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Gatorade have already stopped using the chemicals, California’s new bill will no doubt incentivize other brands to do the same.