California to Ban Ingredients Used In Skittles And Other Candy
Certain foods contain specific ingredients that may not be ideal for our long-term health. These food additives are typically used to enhance a product’s flavor, appearance, or texture. They can also prolong its shelf life. While some substances have been linked to adverse health effects and should be avoided, others are considered safe and can be consumed with minimal risk. Starting in 2027, California will officially prohibit the sale of Skittles and other candies within the state. Governor Gavin Newsom has signed bill AB 418, also known as The California Food Safety Act.
A ban on Skittles and other sweets like PEZ, Hot Tamales, and Dubble Bubble gum.
Effective January 1, 2027, the legislation focuses on food products that include brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, or red dye 3. Red dye 3 is present in Skittles and other sweets like PEZ, Hot Tamales, and Dubble Bubble gum, while brominated vegetable oil is typically found in citrus soft drinks.
The California Food Safety Act states that “a person or entity shall not manufacture, sell, deliver, distribute, hold, or offer for sale, in commerce a food product for human consumption” that contains the substances listed above. It also outlines penalties for violations, with a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for a first offense. For subsequent offenses, up to $10,000, as enforced by the Attorney General, city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney.
This bill and its impact.
Governor Newsom’s office issued a statement following the bill’s signing, addressing some of the misconceptions surrounding it. “There have been many misconceptions about this bill and its impacts. For example, attached to this message is a bag of the popular candy Skittles, which became the face of this proposal.” It continued, “This particular bag of candy comes from the European Union – a place that already bans a number of chemical additives and colorants.” He went on to state that this is demonstrable proof that the food industry is capable of maintaining product lines while complying with different public health laws, country to country.
National Confectioners Association voiced its objections.
In response to the bill, the National Confectioners Association voiced its objections. “They’re making decisions based on soundbites rather than science. Governor Newsom’s approval of this bill will undermine consumer confidence and create confusion around food safety,” they said. They continued to state that this law replaces a uniform national food safety system with a patchwork of inconsistent state requirements created by legislative fiat that will increase food costs. “This is a slippery slope that the FDA could prevent by engaging on this important topic. We should be relying on the scientific rigor of the FDA in terms of evaluating the safety of food ingredients and additives,” they added.