Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new law in California called the California Food Safety Act, or Assembly Bill 418. Its goal is to keep harmful things, like red dye No. 3, out of our food. This law is the first of its kind in the United States. Groups like the Environmental Working Group and Consumer Reports support it. The law now says that food with certain substances, like potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, propylparaben, and red dye No. 3, cannot be made, sold, or given out. These substances do different things, like making dough soft and keeping food fresh. This law is an important step to make sure food is safe for everyone.

Around 3,000 products have red dye No. 3, including popular treats like Skittles, Nerds, Trolli gummies, and essential items like protein shakes, instant rice, and boxed cake mixes. Governor Newsom mentioned that in Europe, Skittles are sold without this special additive, showing that companies can make food safer. The rule begins in 2027, giving companies time to make adjustments. This means people in California can still enjoy their favorite foods without any concerns.