Could Skittles Be Banned in Louisiana?
I don't know about you, but if I want a sweet treat that's not chocolate, Skittles is definitely on the list of candies I might choose. But there's some discussion about the dangers of some of the ingredients in Skittles and other popular candies and snacks.
In fact, Forbes reports lawmakers in California are considering a bill to ban the use of red dye No. 3 and four other chemicals in food products because of a risk of medical problems including cancer, memory loss, reproductive problems and behavioral issues.
If this bill (418) passes, it would halt the manufacture, distribution or sale of any food products in the state that contain either the chemical potassium bromate, red dye No. 3, propylparaben, brominated vegetable oil or titanium dioxide.
I'm sorry to say, but you will find some of these products in several popular treats including Skittles, Starbursts, Nerds, Little Debbie baked treats and even in some Weight Watchers baked goods.
Could such a ban happen in Louisiana? Not likely anytime soon. But you hear people say all the time "when something happens in California, it eventually makes its way across the country." Let's hope not. So far we have not heard any lawmaker pushing such a ban.
This measure will also face some stiff opposition from the National Confectioners Association. That group sent a statement out to the media opposing the bill saying “there is no evidence to support banning the ingredients listed in the bill.”
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