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California Law Wants To Ban Candies Skittles, Pez

Campaign to ban candies? Citizens may no longer be able to “taste the rainbow” in California

One lawmaker in California, USA is currently up in arms and is proposing a ban on additives used in several candies — including Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Pez, and jelly beans. This campaign stems from claims that these additives are linked to cancer and organ damage and can be harmful to DNA, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Additionally, Trident sugar-free gum is at risk of being pulled from the shelves along with more savory items like Campbell’s soup and some bread brands.

“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,” reads a statement from Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, whose district is outside of Los Angeles and who proposed the ban in a bill.

Gabriel’s legislation specifically targets five substances: propylparaben, red dye 3, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and titanium dioxide. 

The latter three have already been banned in the European Union.

Not only would this law prevent their sale, but also would ban food products from being manufactured with those ingredients throughout the Golden State.

“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,” Gabriel adds.

The bill, according to Gabriel, actually aims to push the companies to “change their recipes.”

Why ban candies?

In 2022, Skittles’ maker, Mars, was sued by a consumer over the use of titanium dioxide — a color-enhancing ingredient. Although the suit was tossed, experts have found concerns from the dioxide.

In 2015, research published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature concluded that titanium dioxide has the potential to accumulate in a person’s bloodstream, liver, spleen, and kidneys.

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

Brominated vegetable oil was also removed from Mountain Dew by parent company Pepsi in 2020.

The EU, along with Canada and Brazil, banned potassium bromate because of links to thyroid and kidney cancers.

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