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The sale of Skittles candies will be banned in California due to the risk of cancer.


Companies have three years to change their recipes.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill dubbed the "Skittles ban." This involves a ban on four food additives that cause cancer, according to the Daily Mail.

What happened? Starting January 2027, the state of California will prohibit the manufacture, distribution, and sale of products containing four food additives known to cause cancer.

Confectionery companies have the next three years to change their recipes, or they could face fines of up to $10,000.

"This step is taken amid concerns about health risks associated with these chemicals. While most food additives are safe, some are linked to serious health issues. For example, red dye No. 3 has been found to cause cancer in animals, although its impact on humans is still being studied," write journalists.

Which additives are involved? According to the document, the list of dangerous additives includes brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and red dye No. 3. The previous version of the bill also mentioned titanium dioxide, but it was later removed from the list.

Why are these additives dangerous? The law signed by the California government is aimed at protecting citizens from the influence of hazardous and toxic chemicals.

For example, red dye No. 3 is found in popular chewy candies like Skittles, chewing gum Dubble Bubble, Hot Tamales, and Pez. Brominated vegetable oil is present in citrus-flavored soft drinks, and potassium bromate is added to baked goods.