California Politician Wants to Ban Skittles, Pez, Campbell’s Soup, and Jellybeans

California Democrat Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel has introduced legislation banning several candy and canned soup types.

Bill AB418, introduced in February, would prohibit selling, manufacturing, and distributing food containing the following five additives. According to the bill’s text, titanium dioxide, red dye 3, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and brominated vegetable oil would be banned.

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Skittles Ban

Lawmakers are now considering Gabriel’s legislation which would ban the sale of candies such as Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Pez, Jellybeans, Trident sugar-free gum, and Campbell’s Soup.

Gabriel admits he chose these particular ingredients because the European Union banned 3 of them.

Some studies have shown that these popular food additives have been linked to cancer, DNA, and organ damage.

Assemblyman Gabriel released the following statement:

“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.” “This bill will correct for a concerning lack of federal oversight and help protect our kids, public health, and the safety of our food supply.”

“The idea here is for companies to change their recipes,” he told the Daily Mail, adding that he speculates a uniform recipe change for the snacks in question rather than custom production for California.

In 2022, the maker of Skittles’ Mars was sued over the use of titanium dioxide — a color-enhancing ingredient. Although the suit was thrown out, experts have found concerns about the dioxide. In 2015, research published in the journal “Nature” concluded that titanium dioxide has the potential to accumulate in a person’s bloodstream, liver, and kidneys.

The European Union banned potassium bromate because of its links to thyroid and kidney cancers.

In reference to red dye 3, 2012 research links the ingredient to DNA-damaging genotoxicity. In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that children who consumed the dye were more likely to be hyperactive and inattentive.

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Not only would Gabriel’s Legislation prevent the sale of these products, but it also would ban food products from being manufactured with those ingredients throughout California for export outside the state.

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