Skittles, Nerds and other popular candies may have to change their formula or risk missing out on the California market. The state assembly is approving a bill to ban five food additives which are already off limits in the European Union. It now moves to the state Senate for debate. The chemicals, including red dye three, have been linked to a variety of health problems. The Food and Drug Administration does not prohibit the compounds, but backers of the new bill say that’s because of a loophole in existing law. The Hill reports the vast majority chemical additives used by the food industry do not receive independent review from the federal government. The FDA could not be reached for comment.

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