As conservative Americans, we believe in enjoying our traditions and cherished cultural practices. One such tradition is celebrating Easter with delicious candies, including the beloved Peeps marshmallows. However, recent proposals to ban certain chemicals used in the production of Peeps and other candies threaten our ability to enjoy this holiday tradition.
California state lawmaker, Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva, has proposed banning five chemicals, including erythrosine and titanium dioxide, from food products due to alleged links to cancer. While we commend her concern for public health, we must also ask whether these proposals are supported by sound scientific evidence.
Erythrosine has been used as a food color additive for over a century and is approved by the FDA. While it is banned in cosmetics, there is no evidence that the amounts used in food products pose a significant risk to our health. Similarly, titanium dioxide is a widely-used additive that has been deemed safe by regulatory agencies worldwide.
The National Confectioners Association has stated that complying with such a ban could cause significant issues for smaller candy companies that do not sell overseas. Moreover, these companies would be forced to find alternate, more expensive ingredients that would likely increase the cost of their products.
Fortunately, candy companies are already exploring natural solutions for color additives that offer the same visual impact and stability as synthetic colors. However, these alternative ingredients are often less effective, more expensive, and may change the taste and appearance of our cherished candies.
As conservatives, we believe in protecting our traditions and cultural practices. Peeps and other Easter candies are a beloved part of our American identity, and banning chemicals without sufficient scientific evidence undermines our ability to enjoy these treats safely. We must be vigilant in protecting our traditions and resist knee-jerk reactions to proposed bans without considering the facts.