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The additive ban is halfway through in Illinois



The additive ban is halfway through in Illinois

The Illinois Senate has transferred SB2637 to the House of Representatives. It would ban certain food additives.

The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, if passed by the House of Representatives, would prohibit food containing entities from manufacturing, selling, supplying, distributing, holding, or offering for sale for human consumption any food product that contains brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, contains. propylparaben, or red dye 3.

It passed with only one amendment on the Senate floor: it was: “Provides that, beginning January 1, 2027, a person or entity shall not manufacture (rather than manufacture, sell, deliver, distribute, hold, or offer for sale) any food product.” for human consumption containing brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propyl paraben or red coloring matter. 3. Prohibits from 1 January 2028 the sale, distribution, holding or offering for human consumption of a food product containing these substances.” It was a conformal change.

The bill provides that a person or entity that violates the prohibition will be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for a first violation and not to exceed $10,000 for each subsequent violation.

When it went to the Illinois House, SB 2637 would ban the four food additives commonly found in candy, soda and baked goods.

The Illinois Food Safety Act passed the Senate on a 37-15 vote and will move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The move to ban the chemicals arrived in Illinois similar to that in California, the first state to take the step in the past year.

New York State is also on track to join the ban on food additives.

The banned chemicals include brominated vegetable oil, red dye No. 3, propyl paraben and potassium bromate.

These additives are used in a wide variety of food products. Brominated vegetable oil keeps the citrus flavors in soda from breaking out of solution and floating to the top. Propylparaben and potassium bromate are used as preservatives in baked goods. Red food coloring 3 is a common food coloring used in candy and other products.

“This legislation is not intended to ban any product or take away our favorite foods,” said Sen. Willie Preston, D-Chicago. “This measure sets a precedent for consumer health and safety to encourage food manufacturers to renew their recipes to use safer alternatives.”

Last year, the FDA proposed withdrawing brominated vegetable oil after a study found the chemical affects the thyroid gland, causing negative health consequences.

Meanwhile, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said red dye 3 can cause cancer in animals. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, has determined that potassium bromate is a possible carcinogen.

The bill received bipartisan support in the Senate, with both Sen. Seth Lewis, R-Bartlett, and Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, voting in favor.

The FDA banned red dye 3 from use in makeup more than 30 years ago. So the FDA doesn’t allow you to put it on your face as makeup. “But kids still eat this in candy,” McClure said in the Senate on Thursday. “I find that scandalous. That is why I am voting for this bill.”

Preston previously said he was considering adding titanium dioxide to the ban, but that plan was scrapped during negotiations. He said that if additional research becomes available, “we will explore that option at that time.” In 2021, the European Food Safety Authority said it was concerned that titanium dioxide could alter people’s DNA.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association opposed the bill throughout the legislative process. In January, the IMA stated its opposition to “this well-intentioned legislation,” claiming it would undermine the FDA and negatively impact the Illinois economy because it would “create a confusing and costly patchwork of regulations.”

The National Confectioners Association said in a statement that it would “increase food costs, undermine consumer confidence and create confusion around food safety.” The group also argued that food regulation “must rely on the scientific accuracy of the FDA.”

Last year, California became the first state to ban additives. It will take effect in 2027. The New York Senate is currently debating a similar bill.

The European Union bans or regulates the additives. Food additives are already regulated or banned in parts of the European Union.

In Illinois, production of the additives would be banned starting January 1, 2027, while the sale, supply, distribution and possession of products containing the additives would be banned starting in 2028.

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