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California Enacts Food Safety Act


Effective January 1, 2027, California has banned a number of ingredients in food products sold in the state.  These include brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and Red Dye no. 3. The final version of the bill did not include titanium dioxide as recommended by some environmental toxicologists.


The period of grace before the deletion of the compounds will be mandated provides manufacturers with the opportunity to amend their formulations for affected products including candy.


Based on the size of the market in California, it is projected that manufacturers of national brands will amend ingredient lists for products marketed in states other than California.


Passage of the bill was strongly supported by ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, an acknowledged fitness and health advocate.