Hollywood star Mario Lopez torched California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state leaders over what’s being called the “Skittles ban” — which would prohibit the sale of any candy in California that’s made with red dye No. 3 — amid the state’s persistent rise in crime and homelessness.
The 50-year-old actor posted on Monday on X in response to a headline that read, “California becomes the first U.S. state to ban Skittles and 12,000 additional products for cancer-causing additives” after Newsom signed the California Food Safety Act, Assembly Bill 418.
“Crime is through the roof, worst drug epidemic ever & homelessness at an all time high in CA… Let’s focus on Skittles,” Lopez wrote.
Crime is through the roof, worst drug epidemic ever & homelessness at an all time high in CA… Let’s focus on Skittles pic.twitter.com/ohWQcUcQjf
— Mario Lopez (@mariolopezviva) October 10, 2023
The bill will prohibit the sale, distribution, or manufacture of food products containing red dye No. 3, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and propylparaben — ingredients that can be found in candy, cereal, soda, and other processed food sold and produced in the state.
The chair of the state Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, Jesse Gabriel, praised the move by the governor.
“The Governor’s signature today represents a huge step forward in our effort to protect children and families in California from dangerous and toxic chemicals in our food supply,” Gabriel said.
“It’s unacceptable that the U.S. is so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to food safety,” he added. “This bill will not ban any foods or products – it simply will require food companies to make minor modifications to their recipes and switch to the safer alternative ingredients that they already use in Europe and so many other places around the globe.”
Red dye No. 3 is used in candies like Skittles, Trolli gummies, and Nerds, along with instant rice and potato products, boxed cake mixes, and some protein shakes, according to the Environmental Working Group’s Eat Well Guide.
Newsom’s ban mimics Europe’s, where these four chemicals, “due to scientific studies that have demonstrated significant public health harms, including increased risk of cancer, behavioral issues in children, harm to the reproductive system, and damage to the immune system,” are already banned. The California “Skittles ban” will not be implemented until 2027.
In the last year, there’s been a massive exodus out of the state by celebrities and residents due to skyrocketing crime, high taxes, and massive homelessness as the Golden State continues to fall into chaos under Newsom.