Just What Is California’s SB 651, Anyway? If You Want Help Keeping Synthetic Dyes Out of Your Food, Keep Reading.
GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Over the past decade, there has been an ongoing and heated debate in this country about the dangers inherent in vaccines given to newborns and young children. What the public seems still largely unaware of is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has looked the other way when it allows processed food manufacturers a free pass in producing foods that contain harmful levels of mercury, as well as many other heavy metal toxins such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic, among others.
According to Dr. Renee Dufault, former FDA food safety investigator and author of Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat, synthetic dyes have also been allowed into our processed foods supply—but a recently submitted legislative bill in the state of California may help to further awaken the general public to these harmful ingredients, even if only one state at a time.
Enter California Senate Bill SB 651, which calls for the requirement of warning labels on foods that contain synthetic petroleum-based heavy-metal containing colors as ingredients. As Dr. Dufault has noted, “Both the European Union [EU] and the UK already require these warning labels on foods that contain the dyes yellow #5, yellow #6, and red #40.”
These dyes, according to a new report released last month by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), have been shown to cause hyperactivity alongside a number of other neurobehavioral issues in children. As reported on the website of California’s Senator Bob Wieckowski, OEHHA’s new report “is the product of a two-year, multifaceted evaluation of seven synthetic food dyes that have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.” The hope now, for Dufault and her various fellow similarly concerned food safety experts nationwide, is that SB 651 will first be passed into law in California—and then the rest of the US.
To learn more about the various all-too-real dangers to our collective health at play in our processed foods—from baby foods to soft drinks, and everything in between—be sure to get a copy of Dr. Dufault’s book Unsafe at Any Meal ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0) either at Amazon, B&N, Bookshop, or your local bookstore or library system. (The book is also available in audio format - click here to see, and hear.)
Tell your family and friends about it, too—and here’s hoping that California Senate Bill SB 651 will pass.