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California Becomes First State To Ban 4 Chemicals Used In Popular Foods & Drinks


As we previously reported, many chemicals used in US food additives have been banned in other countries. However, California has made the historic decision to become the first state to ban four chemicals commonly used in food and various drinks that have been known to cause health issues, including cancer.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the groundbreaking law, addressing the following substances: red dye No. 3 (a food coloring found in products like Peeps), brominated vegetable oil (used in some store brand sodas), potassium bromate, and propylparaben (both used in baked goods).


Newsom emphasized that this law is a positive stride forward until the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews and establishes updated national safety levels for these additives.

Notably, Just Born Inc., the manufacturer of Peeps, has expressed its commitment to exploring alternative dye options for its products in response to the ban. The legislation was introduced by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat from Los Angeles, who hailed the Governor's signature as a crucial victory for protecting California's children and families from harmful chemicals in the food supply.

However, it's important to note that this law won't take effect until 2027, providing companies with ample time to adjust their products to comply with the new regulations.

Link: ABC7

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