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California Takes Lead in Food Safety: Historic Ban on Harmful Chemicals Sets a Nationwide Precedent

California has taken a historic step in food safety by becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban four harmful chemicals commonly found in processed foods.

The California Food Safety Act, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, targets brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, and Red Dye No. 3, all linked to health issues such as hyperactivity and an increased cancer risk.

Authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, the law aims to protect children and families, bringing the state in line with European standards.

The banned additives have long been prohibited by European regulators, highlighting a disparity in food safety regulations between the U.S. and other parts of the world.

The Environmental Working Group and Consumer Reports supported the bill, emphasizing its significance in prioritizing public health over industry interests. With potential nationwide implications, the law may influence food manufacturing practices beyond California, impacting up to 12,000 products.

Other states, including New York, are considering similar legislation, indicating a broader shift towards safer food standards in the United States.

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