Industry officials have rejected California bills that could ban foods such as Skittles, Sour Patch Kids and Campbell’s soup.
The bill aims to curb the use of five additives linked to cancer, DNA and organic damage, but many companies in the industry claim the additives are “safe.” there is
Executives from companies including the National Confectionery Association, the California Grocery Association and the American Chemistry Council added that the bill would sidestep the rules because the safety of additives is already being considered by many existing policies. rice field.
Of the five banned additives, three are banned in the EU: brominated vegetable oils, potassium bromate and titanium dioxide. Another Red 3 is banned in the US.
Foods that may be affected are jelly beans, PEZ candy, Trident sugar-free chewing gum, Campbell’s soup, and other confectionery such as small brands of bread across the United States.
A letter written in opposition to the bill states, “These five additives have been extensively reviewed by federal and state systems, as well as many international scientific bodies, and are still considered safe. ” is written.
It also added that a petition was filed last November calling for the removal of the “Red 3” and is open for comment until next month.
In addition, the non-profit consumer advocacy group “ Public Interest Science Center ” has submitted a petition to the California Department of Public Health in 2022 asking for warning labels on foods containing synthetic colors. A public hearing is scheduled for April 11, 2023.
Another letter, written exclusively by the National Confectionery Association, noted that the confectionery industry supports more than 100,000 high-paying jobs in California.
As manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the confectionery industry … creates high-paying manufacturing jobs and supports thousands of additional American jobs across the economy.”
In California, the confectionery industry accounts for $7.7 billion in economic output, pays $1.8 billion in wages and supports 106,351 jobs in the state.”
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