California Introduces “Warning Label” Bill for Foods Containing Artificial Dyes
California State Senator, Bob Wieckowski, introduces a new bill entitled “Protecting Californians from Synthetic Food Dyes Act” which would require food products containing synthetic dyes for retail sale in the state of California to feature a warning label on packaging.
For bulk foods, the warning label would be required on display store shelving.
For restaurants or food services, warnings would be mandated on menus and/or menu boards.
It is unlawful for a person to manufacture, package, sell, offer to sell, distribute, or import for sale or distribution within the State of California food that contains synthetic dyes without one of the following labels:
(1) WARNING: Dyes in this food may trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.
(2) WARNING: Children’s behavior might be impaired by the dyes in this food.
(3) WARNING: This food contains synthetic dyes that may affect children’s behavior.
(4) WARNING: The synthetic dyes in this food might affect your child’s behavior.
(5) WARNING: Synthetic dyes may trigger hyperactivity.
(6) WARNING: Synthetic dyes may trigger behavioral problems.
(7) WARNING: Some children may be negatively affected by synthetic food dyes.