California's bill to ban 5 known food additives-This could begin a brand new era for processed food & the food industry


The California Assembly has passed innovative legislation that could change how processed food is manufactured and consumed. AB 418 bans five additives from processed food, & was recently passed with an overwhelming 54-11 vote.

AB 418 could become law, prohibiting certain additives in food items. These include cereals, candy, and other processed food. These include brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, Red Dye No. 3, and titanium dioxide.

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is used as an emulsifier and stabilizer in some foods and beverages. For example, brominated vegetable oil is found in citrus-flavored drinks like Sun Drop, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Squirt, and Fresca.

Evidence supports that traces of BVO remain within body fat. This could lead to depressed thyroid function. There have also been numerous reported cases of side effects from bromine-containing sedatives.

These included depression, memory loss, violent tendencies, seizures, hallucinations, and more. In addition, animal testing has illustrated that the consumption of BVO results in kidney and heart damage. It also increases fat deposits in those organs.

Potassium bromate is used as a dough conditioner and flour improver, usually in bread and baked goods. However, the additive is banned in countries such as Canada and Brazil.

Propylparaben is used as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast. It is often found in shampoos, shaving gels, toothpaste, and make-up.

Red Dye No. 3 is used to give food products a red or pink color. Everyday products that use it are Skittles, Nerds, and Trolli gummies.

Titanium dioxide is a whitening agent and can also be found in cosmetics. Additionally, titanium dioxide is often present in candles, pastries, coffee creamers, and chocolates.

If AB 418 is passed, these additives will no longer be allowed to be utilized to produce food products.

The bill will now be presented to the California Senate for a vote. If it becomes law in California, it will set a precedent for other states and the federal FDA to follow suit. A ban on these additives would be a significant step toward protecting consumers. These additives can have serious negative consequences. to produce

This legislation passed after a slow and steady approach, is a testament to the importance of persistence in enacting change. It took years of advocacy and lobbying to reach this point. The measure has far-reaching implications for the food industry. In addition, it is a victory for those fighting for safer food options for consumers. 

The use of these additives in food has long been a contentious issue in the United States. However, the tables may be turning in favor of stricter regulations on the food industry. Passing this legislation is a sign of this shift.

Consumers are becoming more aware of the health risks associated with processed food. As a result, they are demanding safer alternatives. With this bill, California is leading the way toward a healthier and safer future for all.


What will the ban on these five additives mean for California's food industry?


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