California Is Banning Four Food Additives — But Don’t Worry, Your Skittles Are Safe

The prohibition by law of these additives makes California the first state to enact such a ban. According to Cal Matters, the European Union already outlawed the four additives in question: red dye 3, propylparaben, brominated vegetable oil, and potassium bromate.

Fill in Consumer Reports co-sponsored the bill, and the nonprofit’s director of food policy Brian Ronholm told the non-profit news outlet that this law is “groundbreaking” and passed with “strong bipartisan support text

What the ban actually means for United States pantry staples such as common cookies and juices is up to the companies. The law gives manufacturers until 2027 to alter recipes to account for the banned additives, all of which have been flagged for carcinogenic or neurotoxic correlations or endocrine and reproductive damage according to a petition submitted by 24 groups and scientists.

UC Davis food expert James Coughlin told Cal Matters that banning the chemicals is “unnecessary and unscientific.”

The National Confectioners Association said this new law will confuse consumers and sack confidence in the industry. Still, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel told the Los Angeles Times these ingredients are “nonessential” and the government is simply trying to get the companies to alter the recipes.

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