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  • April 11, 2023
  • EWG

California Considers Banning Toxic Preservative in Processed Foods

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California lawmakers are currently reviewing a bill that would prohibit the use of a toxic preservative in processed foods. The preservative, propyl paraben, has been linked to hormone disruption, reproductive harm, and DNA damage, and can often be found in popular food items such as cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies. If the bill is passed and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, it would mark the first ban of its kind in the US and could potentially drive positive change in the food industry. While the FDA still allows the use of harmful chemicals in food products, California's potential action highlights the need for stricter federal food oversight. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) supports the bill, noting that it is a vital step in protecting people from harmful substances in their food.



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