According to USA Today, California banned the popular candy earlier this month. This will go into effect by the year 2027. Naturally, we're wondering which state(s) could be next.


The Ban

If you're not sure why Skittles are on the chopping block, here's what you need to know.

Skittles contain something called Red Dye 3. along with potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, and propylparaben. If you're like me, you have no idea what those things even are. All you need to know is that these chemicals/ingredients have never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When it comes to California, the source explains the state didn't specifically ban Skittles, but rather, those four additives. This might surprise you, but those ingredients are found in more than 12,000 foods across the country; most commonly, you can find them in cereals, sodas, and candies.

According to the source, these chemicals have been found to cause cancer in animals, so there is great concern as to what they are doing to humans.

Not only that, but Red Dye 3. was banned from cosmetic products all the way back in the 90s, according to the source. If we're not supposed to be putting this on our skin, should we really be putting it in our bodies?

Is North Dakota Next?

It's hard to say how this will all unfold, but some other states are already discussing their plan/next steps.

Will North Dakota ban these additives soon? -- I think we may wait for several other states to follow suit, but if the majority of the country does this, I can't see why we wouldn't.

In any case, these companies that produce food with these chemicals will have to start making big changes before 2027.


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