Will Massachusetts be the Next State to Ban Skittles in the US?
They’re sugary, they’re colorful, they’re getting banned in California. Could Massachusetts be next?
California is taking a serious stand against additives present in candies, cereals, and sodas. They’re calling this newly signed law ‘the Skittles ban’ because as you could guess, tasting the rainbow loads you up with all sorts of those aforementioned additives. The bill, more formally known as the California Food Safety Act (or even more formally as ‘Assembly Bill 418’) was signed into law in California by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week.
The ‘Skittles ban‘ bill says adios to potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, propylparaben, and Red Dye 3 – additives found in almost 12,000 food items in the US, all without US FDA approval.
More states are expected to follow in California’s footsteps and sign similar bills into law. Could Massachusetts be next? Lawmakers are discussing that possibility now.
So soon Skittles will be a thing of the past in California unless they clean up that ingredient list which would likely result in more muted colors and possibly less punchy fruit flavors. Maybe they can pivot from “taste the rainbow” to “taste the dreary day” or maybe they could just change their name in California from Skittles to Melancholy.
Getting rid of additives and unnecessary ingredients that can be harmful to us is obviously a good idea but my childhood nostalgia and not-knowing-better is in the corner weeping right now.
Uh oh Skittles. With all this bad press and even a Bill named after you (in not the most pleasant way), I’m sure you’ll soon end up on the following list: Worst Trick or Treat Hand Outs for Halloween.
Time to reminisce about some candies you always hated more than Skittles – though now that Skittles is the candy aisle’s public enemy #1 it would feel right at home below. LOL