California Legislature

The manufacturers that use red dye No. 3 and four other food additives may run out of time in California.

The State Senate Appropriations Committee takes up Assembly Bill (AB) 418 on Aug. 14, which bans five chemicals found in thousands of foods. It would prohibit the sale in California of foods containing certain substances regardless of where the are made.

The California Assembly passed AB 418, which is far down the field in the State Senate. The California Legislature remains in session for nearly the entire year.

If enacted,  AB 418 will prohibit these five substances: red dye No.

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