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Myths and facts about California AB 418

Consumer Reports fact sheet debunking some of the myths about AB 418, a bill that would ban five harmful chemicals from food sold in California. Introduced by Senator Jesse Gabriel (Woodland Hills), the legislation prohibits food manufacturers from using Red Dye No. 3, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propyl paraben, and titanium dioxide in food products sold in the state.  All five food chemicals have been banned by European regulators, with the narrow exception of Red Dye 3 in candied cherries. Many other countries have taken similar action. Despite the serious and well-documented risks posed to our health by these food chemicals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to protect the public.