In May, the California State Assembly passed AB 418, a groundbreaking bill that aims to kick five toxic chemicals out of our food products. And guess what? These chemicals have been linked to cancer and developmental issues in kids, so this is a big deal for our families!
AB 418 zeroes in on some nasty chemicals like brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, red dye 3, and titanium dioxide. We all know chemicals are used to keep our food tasty and fresh, but these five toxins have been causing health concerns. Trustworthy sources like Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group report that these five chemicals can contribute to early childhood illnesses.
Now, here’s a real eye-opener: most chemical additives in our food don’t even get independently reviewed by the FDA. That’s like a giant loophole in the system! But this new bill wants to change that and tighten things up.
Sure, some organizations have voiced their concerns, saying the FDA’s approval system is enough. But, when it comes to our health and the health of our loved ones, we can’t afford to take chances.
The good news is that AB 418 has huge support from health advocates, like Brian Ronholm from Consumer Reports. He’s all about making sure we know what we’re eating and that it won’t harm us. Even before the FDA acted, many big grocery chains and restaurants started ditching these chemicals. By passing AB 418, California is sending a loud message that they care about their well-being and we won’t settle for anything less. Let us hope that other states join the march.
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