California Proposes Ban On Resident's Favorite Foods

C. Heslop

The favorite foods of many are not the healthiest. Some would not consider these "food" and refer to them as manufactured products. California is looking out for the health of its citizens. The state is considering a ban on some food products.

If you live in California, soon you may no longer "taste the rainbow." A state official proposed a ban on additives used in candies and brightly colored food items. Research linked the substance to cancer and organ damage. The proposal identifies jelly beans, Pez, Skittles, Campbell’s soup, Trident sugar-free gum, some bread brands, and Sour Patch Kids.

“Californians shouldn’t have to worry that the food they buy in their neighborhood grocery store might be full of dangerous additives or toxic chemicals,” reads a statement from Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, who proposed the bill.

Gabriel’s legislation targets five substances. These are propylparaben, red dye 3, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and titanium dioxide. The latter three have already been banned in the European Union.

If passed, the law would prevent the manufacturing and sale of foods with these ingredients in the state.

Gabriel added, "This bill will correct for a concerning lack of federal oversight and help protect our kids, public health, and the safety of our food supply. The idea here is for [companies] to change their recipes,” he told the Daily Mail, adding that he speculates a uniform recipe change for the snack sin question rather than Cali-custom batches."

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