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California first U.S. state to ban food additives

By The Canadian Press   

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California is the first U.S. state to ban four chemicals used in well-known candies and other foods and drinks because of their link to certain health problems.Governor Newsom signed a law banning the red dye No. 3 chemical used as food colouring for products like Peeps, the marshmallow treat most associated with Easter. The chemical has been linked to cancer and has been banned from makeup for more than 30 years.The law also bans brominated vegetable oil, which is used in some store brand sodas, and potassium bromate and propylparaben, two chemicals used in baked goods.

Newsom said in a signing statement that the additives addressed in the bill are already banned in various other countries. All four chemicals are banned in foods in the European Union.

“Signing this into law is a positive step forward on these four food additives until the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews and establishes national updated safety levels for these additives,” Newsom’s statement said.

Just Born, the company that makes Peeps, has said it has been looking for other dye options for its products.


The bill was authored by Assembly member Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat from Los Angeles.

“The Governor’s signature represents a huge step forward in our effort to protect children and families in California from dangerous and toxic chemicals in our food supply,” Gabriel said in a statement.

The law doesn’t take effect until 2027, which Newsom said should give companies plenty of time to adapt to the new rules.

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