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California prohibits red food dye used in Skittles

Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill on Saturday, prohibiting four widely-used food additives within the state, including the red dye no. 3.

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Already banned in the European Union, the dye is present in products designed for children such as Skittles and PediaSure.

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The law bans food products with the dye and three other additives known as potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, and propylparaben.

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Gov Newsom emphasized that companies like Skittles operate in countries with bans on the red food dye, showing that compliance with the safety law is achievable without issues.

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Consumer Reports joined forces with the nonprofit Environmental Working Group in cosponsoring the bill, as Red dye no. 3, tied to thyroid cancer, was banned in U.S. cosmetics in 1990.

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Potassium bromate, banned due to its potential as a carcinogen, is a dough improver and maturing agent, and it's also prohibited in the European Union, India, and China,

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Brominated vegetable oil is prohibited under this bill. It's used in some beverages to prevent the separation of citrus flavoring and is banned in the European Union.

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Newsom emphasized, "this bill's implementation is delayed until 2027 — significant time for brands to revise their recipes to avoid these harmful chemicals.”

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