• Gov. Gavin Newsom has handed a measure into regulation banning the usage of 4 chemical substances in meals and drinks.
  • Banned chemical substances, which have been linked to well being points, embrace Crimson No. 3 and brominated vegetable oil, which is utilized in some store-brand comfortable drinks.
  • Newsom additionally signed one other measure that might permit legislative staffers to hitch a labor union.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken motion on a slew of payments. He has till October 14 to behave on the laws that lawmakers despatched to his desk.

Newsom vetoed some Saturdays, together with a measure that might have made California the primary state within the nation to ban discrimination based mostly on social class and one other that might decriminalize the possession and use of sure hallucinogenic substances, together with psychedelic mushrooms. He additionally signed a number of legal guidelines, significantly a sweeping mandate requiring giant firms to reveal a variety of global-warming emissions.

Here is a have a look at a number of the different payments Newsom signed into regulation on Saturday:

California lawmakers comply with ban sure chemical substances in meals and drinks

Banning meals elements

On Saturday, California turned the primary state to ban 4 chemical substances used within the manufacture of sweets and different meals and drinks attributable to their affiliation with sure well being issues.

Newsom signed a regulation banning the Crimson No. 3 chemical dye used as meals coloring for merchandise like Peeps, the marshmallow sweet most related to Easter. This chemical has been linked to most cancers and has been banned in cosmetics for greater than 30 years.

Peeps marshmallows

Marshmallow Peeps sweet is displayed at a retailer in Lafayette, California, on March 24, 2023. (AP Picture/Haven Daly, File)

The regulation additionally bans brominated vegetable oils, that are utilized in some brand-name comfortable drinks, and potassium bromate and propylparaben, two chemical substances utilized in baked items.

Newsom mentioned in his signing assertion that the additions addressed within the invoice are already banned in lots of different international locations. All 4 chemical substances are already banned in meals within the European Union.

“Signing this invoice is a constructive step ahead for these 4 meals components till the FDA opinions and units up to date nationwide security ranges for these components,” Newsom’s assertion mentioned.

California lawmakers give ultimate approval to a invoice permitting legislative employees to kind a labor union

Simply Born Inc., the corporate that makes Peeps, mentioned it was taking a look at different dye choices for its merchandise.

The invoice was authored by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat from Los Angeles.

“At present’s governor’s signing represents a significant step ahead in our efforts to guard California’s kids and households from harmful and poisonous chemical substances in our meals provide,” Gabriel mentioned in an announcement Saturday.

The regulation will not take impact till 2027, which Newsom mentioned ought to give companies loads of time to regulate to the brand new guidelines.


Legislative Employees Union

Newsom signed a regulation permitting legislative staffers to unionize, a transfer that comes after lawmakers handed a number of labor initiatives amid a summer time of strikes by resort employees, actors and writers.

Assemblywoman Tina McInor, a Democrat who represents Englewood and who launched the invoice, mentioned at a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to in July that it was hypocritical for lawmakers to ask staff to put in writing laws that expands the appropriate of different employees to hitch unions when these staff can not. themselves from forming a union.

“Our staff should not searching for particular therapy,” MacInor mentioned. “They’re searching for the identical dignity and respect afforded to all represented employees.”

The regulation permits lower-level staff to hitch and kind a union, however it doesn’t apply to legislators, chiefs of employees, or appointed staff of the legislature.

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