Confectionery giants DEFEND carcinogenic additives in Skittles, REFUSING to comply with California bill to ban them

Indus¬≠try offi¬≠cials have reject¬≠ed Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia bills that could ban foods such as Skit¬≠tles, Sour Patch Kids and Camp¬≠bel¬≠l‚Äôs soup.

The bill aims to curb the use of five addi¬≠tives linked to can¬≠cer, DNA and organ¬≠ic dam¬≠age, but many com¬≠pa¬≠nies in the indus¬≠try claim the addi¬≠tives are ‚Äúsafe.‚ÄĚ there is

Exec¬≠u¬≠tives from com¬≠pa¬≠nies includ¬≠ing the Nation¬≠al Con¬≠fec¬≠tionery Asso¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion, the Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia Gro¬≠cery Asso¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion and the Amer¬≠i¬≠can Chem¬≠istry Coun¬≠cil added that the bill would side¬≠step the rules because the safe¬≠ty of addi¬≠tives is already being con¬≠sid¬≠ered by many exist¬≠ing poli¬≠cies. rice field.

Of the five banned addi¬≠tives, three are banned in the EU: bromi¬≠nat¬≠ed veg¬≠etable oils, potas¬≠si¬≠um bro¬≠mate and tita¬≠ni¬≠um diox¬≠ide. Anoth¬≠er 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 let¬≠ter writ¬≠ten in oppo¬≠si¬≠tion to the bill states, ‚ÄúThese five addi¬≠tives have been exten¬≠sive¬≠ly reviewed by fed¬≠er¬≠al and state sys¬≠tems, as well as many inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al sci¬≠en¬≠tif¬≠ic bod¬≠ies, and are still con¬≠sid¬≠ered safe. ‚ÄĚ is written.

It also added that a peti¬≠tion was filed last Novem¬≠ber call¬≠ing for the removal of the ‚ÄúRed 3‚ÄĚ and is open for com¬≠ment until next month.

In addi¬≠tion, the non-prof¬≠it con¬≠sumer advo¬≠ca¬≠cy group ‚Äú Pub¬≠lic Inter¬≠est Sci¬≠ence Cen¬≠ter ‚ÄĚ has sub¬≠mit¬≠ted a peti¬≠tion to the Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia Depart¬≠ment of Pub¬≠lic Health in 2022 ask¬≠ing for warn¬≠ing labels on foods con¬≠tain¬≠ing syn¬≠thet¬≠ic col¬≠ors. A pub¬≠lic hear¬≠ing is sched¬≠uled 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 man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ers of choco¬≠late, can¬≠dy, gum and mints, the con¬≠fec¬≠tionery indus¬≠try ‚Ķ cre¬≠ates high-pay¬≠ing man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ing jobs and sup¬≠ports thou¬≠sands of addi¬≠tion¬≠al Amer¬≠i¬≠can jobs across the economy.‚ÄĚ

In Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia, the con¬≠fec¬≠tionery indus¬≠try accounts for $7.7 bil¬≠lion in eco¬≠nom¬≠ic out¬≠put, pays $1.8 bil¬≠lion in wages and sup¬≠ports 106,351 jobs in the state.‚ÄĚ

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