California proposes to ban some food additives
Mar 21, 2023
Two California legislators (Democratic State Assemblymembers Jesse Gabriel and Buffy Wicks) are moving forward with an effort to ban five chemicals that are present in many foods in the United States, contending the chemicals are unsafe and are not permitted in the European Union and other countries.
With their proposed Assembly Bill 418, are leading the charge for California to prohibit the manufacture or distribution of foods containing the additives red dye No. 3, titanium dioxide, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil and propyl paraben.
Gabriel added that the current system the U.S. Food and Drug Administration uses has a loophole that permits companies to add ingredients to food that haven’t been properly vetted. FDA rules allow companies to categorize their own ingredients as “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS and effectively bypass federal safety checks.
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