Hey California Folks, Get Ready To Say Bye-Bye To Skittles (Maybe)!

by Shreya Ghosh

Candies have always been such a beloved and special addition to everyone’s childhood. No matter if someone is a child or an adult, resisting colourful candy is so hard. Unfortunately, folks in California might not get to taste this deliciousness after some time. Though there isn’t a certainty yet, there are chances to pull a lot of candies like Skittles from the shelves in California. Why is this decision being taken? Let’s take a look at it!

Reasons Behind Candies Like Skittles Might Get Banned:


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Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel has given the proposal to ban popular candies such as Jelly Beans, Pez, Skittles, and Sour Patches because of the addition of additives and toxic chemicals required to make these. The lawmaker suggested this proposal to ban a total of 5 hazardous additives as these are somehow related to diseases such as different forms of cancer, DNA/ genetic damage, and organ damage.

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The Assemblymember shared Assembly Bill 418 which is all about forbidding the manufacture, distribution, and selling of any food items that use harmful additives such as Brominated Vegetable Oil, Propyl Paraben, Potassium Bromate, Red Dye No. 3, and Titanium Dioxide.

Toxic additions such as brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and titanium dioxide are prohibited and banned completely in the European Union.

What Would Happen If The Bill gets Passed?


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At the present moment, it is just a proposal shared by the Assemblymember. No such official steps have been taken about whether to ban or not ban candies such as skittles, sour patches, and more. Jesse Gabriel will be seen working a vote in the legislative session regarding the proposal. If the bill gets passed, then all these candies will be bidding bye forever! Also, if the proposal comes into action, the ban on such candies will start from 1 January 2023.

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Not only just jelly beans, pez, skittles, and sour patches, food items such as bread of some brands, soup from Campbell, and Trident sugar-free gum might be banned as well.

Skittles has a huge fanbase in India. Children and kids love to munch on this candy at any time of the day. Some of these toxic additives, brominated vegetable oil, titanium dioxide, and potassium bromate are prohibited in India.

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