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

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Skittles banned California

The California Food Safety Act bans red dye 3 and three other additives found in common products such as Peeps and some red velvet cupcakes

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The California Food Safety Act, also known as AB 418, was officially enacted on October 7 by Governor Gavin Newsom.

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The landmark law forbids "manufacturing, selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale" food items 

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that contain four ingredients that are now present in 12,000 candies, cereals, and sodas.

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In the spring of 2023, the divisive law attracted headlines because it may ban Skittles from corner store aisles.

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However, after several changes, the bill's final version does not factor in titanium dioxide, the substance responsible for the candy's multicolored coating.

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However, a large number of goods will be impacted by the restriction, including Peeps,  the majority of red velvet cupcakes from supermarkets, and more.

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California is the first state to implement a law banning certain additives, making it the first state to do so. Cal Matters claims that the four ingredients in question

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red color 3, propylparaben, brominated vegetable oil, and potassium bromate—have previously been banned in the European Union. 

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The bill was co-sponsored by Consumer Reports, and Brian Ronholm, the organization's director of food policy,

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What the ban actually means for United States pantry staples such as common cookies and juices is up to the companies.

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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

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