A California state lawmaker is proposing a ban on additives used in several candies, including Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Pez, and jelly beans. Trident sugar-free gum is also at risk, along with Campbell’s soup and several bread brands.
The concern is that they are linked to cancer and organ damage and can be harmful to DNA.
The additives, including specifically propylparaben, red dye 3, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and titanium dioxide, are already banned or regulated in many countries. The last three are banned all across the European Union.
Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, who proposed the ban through a bill, said, ‘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.”
The bill would prevent the sale of products containing these additives but would also ban food products from being manufactured with these ingredients in California.