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New York among states considering ban on cancer-linked food additives: Lucky Charms, Doritos, and Gatorade would need overhaul

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New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois are advancing legislation to ban certain food additives found in popular snacks, following concerns over their potential health risks. This move comes after the so-called ‘Skittles ban’ which prohibited ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and Red 3, already banned in many European countries due to cancer and fertility concerns.


The proposed bans target 13 additives, including Yellow 6 and Titanium Dioxide, found in well-known products such as Lucky Charms, Doritos, and certain cupcakes. These substances have been linked to serious health issues ranging from adrenal tumors to DNA mutations in white blood cells.

The push for these bans could lead to significant changes in the food industry, altering the composition, taste, and appearance of many beloved snacks. This legislative effort reflects growing consumer demand for safer food ingredients and aligns with stricter international health standards.