EDITORIAL | Candy Ban? California lawmakers take aim at common food additives

If you needed another reason not to move to California, consider the following.

Proposed legislation could mean no more Skittles, Hot Tamales and several other popular candies sold in that state.

Two members of the state Assembly say the tasty treats contain chemicals such as Red Dye No. 3, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Bromate, Brominated Vegetable Oil and Propyl Paraben.

Those names may not be familiar, but they are all common food additives for things from popular national candy brands to to chocolate caramels, ice cream, cupcakes and even trail mix.

The bill's sponsors claim the chemicals can cause a variety of ills, from cancer to behavioral issues. The proposal would ban the manufacture and sale of food products containing these chemicals in the state.

It's important to note the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers all of these chemicals to be generally recognized as safe. The bill's sponsors say the FDA needs to take another look.

It's probably not a bad idea for the FDA to investigate further and see if these chemical pose any real harm. Better safe than sorry. But we can't predict how Californians will react should they find store shelves stripped of Skittles, Hot Tamales and even ice cream.

Just be glad you're not faced with such a threat!

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