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2 CA bills aim to make teaching social media literacy mandatory for K-12 students

The idea is for students to know what stories are fake on social media.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two California assembly bills would make teaching media literacy in the classroom mandatory.

Assemblyman Marc Berman from Menlo Park wants to make teaching media literacy mandatory in California schools. Texas, New Jersey, and Delaware already do.

The idea is for students to know what stories are fake on social media. A 2020 survey conducted by Common Sense Media found many can't tell the difference.

FDA Requests Authorities, Funding for Systematic Reassessment of Chemical Food Additives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working toward conducting a modernized, systematic reassessment of chemicals added to foods with a focus on post-market review, explain top agency officials in a recent article. In order to execute this new, data-informed and risk-based approach, however, FDA requires greater funding and additional authorities.

FDA has also outlined an enhanced approach to regulating food chemical safety, in which a new framework for systematic post-market chemical reassessment is included.

California Takes On Candy Makers With Bill Opponents Call the ‘Skittles Ban’

State moves toward barring food additives over health concerns

California lawmakers want to taste a slightly less artificial candy rainbow. 

The state Assembly has passed a bill that would ban use of five chemical additives in food products, including a coloring agent found in Skittles—with its “taste the rainbow” slogan—and Red 3, which is used in packaged cookies, frostings and other snacks. 

Consumer advocates backing the bill say these additives pose health risks and should be removed. Candy makers say federal regulators, not states, should determine the safety of food additives.

California bill targeting ‘toxic’ chemicals in Skittles, other snacks passes first hurdle

A first-of-its-kind law that would ban the use of certain ingredients and dyes linked to cancer and other health issues in processed foods and drinks is now closer than ever to becoming reality in California.

Assembly Bill 418, introduced by Assemblymembers Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), would ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of foods containing red dye No. 3, titanium dioxide, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, or propylparaben — starting in 2025.

California Assembly passes first-in-nation bill to ban five toxic chemicals from food products

California’s State Assembly approved a first-in-the-nation bill Monday to rid food products of five toxic chemicals linked to cancer and developmental issues in children.

The legislation, AB 418, seeks to prohibit the manufacture, sale, delivery and distribution of food products that contain brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, red dye 3 or titanium dioxide.

Introduced by Democratic State Assemblymembers Jesse Gabriel and Buffy Wicks at the beginning of February, the legislation targets chemicals that are already banned in the European Union.

CA Assembly approves bill to ban key ingredients in Skittles, other foods and candy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state Assembly has approved a bill that would ban certain ingredients found in popular candies such as Skittles and Nerds, as well as other processed foods.

Assembly Bill 418, proposed by Rep. Jesse Gabriel from Woodland Hills, now moves on to the state Senate for consideration.

While the European Union has already banned the five chemicals listed in the bill, California would become the first U.S. state to take that step.

California’s health care provider pipeline needs major boost to ward off shortage, workers say

Physical therapist Gina Yarbrough used to have the time to see some of her young patients  two to three times a week. 

Now, she’s booking appointments for kids four to six weeks out.  

“We barely see them. It's almost like just a consult. It's not adequate for these kids who have really profound needs,” she said. 

Yarborough works for Kaiser Permanente and treats children with developmental delays in motor functioning, special needs children and those recovering from health crises like cancer. 

California Assembly Toxics Panel Advances Chemical Ban for Processed Food

California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials approved a first-in-the-nation bill to ban five harmful chemicals from candy, cereals and other processed food.

The bill, AB 418 by assembly member Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), would end the use of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propyl paraben, Red Dye No. 3 and titanium dioxide in popular food products sold in the state. The chemicals are reportedly linked to serious health problems, such as a higher risk of cancer, nervous system damage and hyperactivity.