WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for an investigation into potentially harmful food additives.
Gillibrand sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following a study from the Environmental Working Group last week.
The study suggests that the TBHQ preservative can be found in products such as Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats and Cheez-Its.
The group says the additive could harm the body’s immune system.
Gillibrand is urging the FDA to consider “new science” when determining the safety and potential health effects of food additives.
Specifically, the senator wants a complete and thorough review of the safety of TBHQ and other food chemicals that may harm the immune system.