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  • June 26, 2023
  • EWG

California bill to ban food chemicals is a win for environmental justice

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A bill before the California Senate that would ban five food chemicals isn’t just a matter of public health.

It’s also a matter of environmental justice: The food chemicals are most prevalent in highly processed foods, which are linked to a higher risk of chronic disease, experienced disproportionately by people of color.

Compared to higher-income and predominantly white neighborhoods, lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color are less likel to have access to foods made without these additives. 

Assembly Bill 418, would ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of foods containing brominated vegetable oilpotassium bromatepropyl parabentitanium dioxide and Red Dye No. 3. If passed, the ban would give all California residents access to food without these toxic chemicals.



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