These additives are often found in processed foods. For example, brominated vegetable oil, which may affect thyroid function, is a common ingredient in fruity sodas or fruit punch. Potassium bromate could cause cancerous tumors and is typically featured in processed breads and tortillas. Propylparaben, used in the production of packaged muffins and cakes, may affect endocrine function. Meanwhile, Red Dye No. 3 may cause cancer and child behavioral issues and is found in candies such as Peeps, popsicles, and more.
Golden State residents worried about their favorite packaged products going away for good can seemingly breathe easy for now. California legislators claim that they won’t be banning products altogether. Instead, they’ll be requiring food manufacturers who make these products to remove the ingredients listed in the act from their foods. Manufacturers who don’t adhere to these new regulations will be fined up to $5,000 for their first offense and up to $10,000 for each repeat offense.