California Bill to Ban Skittles

A proposed bill that would ban beloved candies like Skittles, as well as other foods that officials say contain certain chemical toxins, is making its way through the California legislature.

Bill AB418, introduced in February by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, would prohibit the sale, manufacture, and distribution of food containing titanium dioxide, red dye 3, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and brominated vegetable oil, according to the bill’s text. 

“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,” Gabriel said in a statement last month. “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.”

On its official website, Skittles lists titanium dioxide as one of the ingredients.


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