U.S. States Look to Ban Foods Linked to Cancer

Several U.S. states are considering legislation that would ban various snack foods and candy that have been linked to health problems, including cancer.

Some of the foods targeted by the different bills include Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Lucky Charms cereal, Oreo cookies, and Gatorade.

The items contain artificial dyes that have been linked to the development of cancer and hyperactivity.

New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Missouri, and Pennsylvania are considering bills banning certain additives.

The move follows California’s “Skittles” bill banning Red 3, titanium dioxide, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, and Propylparaben.

The Yellow 6 additive, found in some cereals, has been linked to adrenal tumors in rats, and titanium dioxide, found in many snacks and sweets, has been linked to lung cancer.

Another additive, Blue 1, is linked to kidney tumors and nerve cell damage, according to the Daily Mail.

New York’s bill banning additives also calls for the elimination of azodicarbonamide, a chemical found in breads.