• From the Los Angeles Times:
"California became the first state in the nation to prohibit four food additives found in popular cereal, soda, candy and drinks after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a ban on them Saturday.
"The California Food Safety Act will ban the manufacture, sale or distribution of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and red dye No. 3 — potentially affecting 12,000 products that use those substances, according to the Environmental Working Group.
"The legislation was popularly known as the 'Skittles ban' because an earlier version also targeted titanium dioxide, used as a coloring agent in candies including Skittles, Starburst and Sour Patch Kids, according to the Environmental Working Group. But the measure, Assembly Bill 418, was amended in September to remove mention of the substance."
The Times notes that "the law will take effect Jan. 1, 2027, and impose fines of up to $10,000 for violations."
• Tesco reportedly is expanding its partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in the UK by developing a cooking program designed to appeal to people struggling with inflation. Oliver will begin offering five-ingredient meals in televised spots, linked to in-store promotions at Tesco stores; he will be joined on-air by other chefs that will tie the budget-centric recipes to various ethnic cuisines.
Oliver already has been working with Tesco on healthy eating and a food waste reduction initiatives.