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The Man Behind the Hot Cheetos Ban

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Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel explains the reasons behind his bill that could ban Hot Cheetos from schools in California, and why he isn’t calling “the Cheeto police” anytime soon.
Show transcript
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Yo, Jenny, the 911 for Latinos is among us.
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What's going on girl?
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A bill has been written trying to ban Hot Cheetos from schools
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in California. Oh Why?
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I don't know, it might be the Cheeto dust like that
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shit might be, you know,
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fucking skin up eyes.
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I don't know. What do you think it is?
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Could be I mean,
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I love Hot Cheetos but it could be the shit that's in
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them like the red 40 for example,
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I heard really bad things about red 40.
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But have you tried washing Cheeto dust off your hands?
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That shit takes like the evidence.
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Is there five washes,
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the evidence is there?
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Listen, Jenny, I don't know why they're trying to ban
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this shit, but I have assembly member Gabriel who proposed the
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bill and he's here to explain it to us straight from the
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source. From the source.
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Hello, assembly member Gabriel.
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Hey, how are you guys?
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Good, good and yourself.
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I'm doing well. Thank you for having me.
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Thank you for coming on.
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So why are you trying to ban Hot Cheetos from schools?
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So let's just be clear to start off with,
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we are not trying to ban Hot Cheetos in the state of
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California. I love Hot Cheetos.
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I love talkies.,
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they are great. What we are trying to do is make
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sure that the food we serve our kids in schools is a
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little bit safer. So we're trying to get these companies to
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make some very minor modifications to their recipes really just to change
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the coloring that they're using.
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so that the schools so that the food that our
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kids eat in school can be safer if there's any food that's
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banned., what would be the rules if kids bring
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them in as snacks to school?
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Would, would you guys regulate that?
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Yeah, we're not gonna,
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we're not gonna have the Cheetos police out there or anything else
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like that. The idea here,
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people obviously can pack what they want in their lunches.
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The idea here is just that,
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you know,
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if you go into the lunch line,
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right? Or the,
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the products that kids are served and said,
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dear is, if you want the state of California,
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we spend a lot of money on,
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right. If you want these school districts to buy your products
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then we think at a minimum you should get rid of
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the toxic chemicals. These are,
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these are toxic chemicals that are causing kids problems.
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and particularly some of our kids that have challenges.
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I'm someone who grew up who struggled with a DH D I
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have three little kids,
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one of my sons struggles with it and we know that these
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food dyes in addition to causing things like cancer and harm
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to the immune system.
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They also can be really challenging for kids with a DH D
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they can make their challenges even more complicated.
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And so we want to make sure that the food that we're
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serving to kids in schools is healthy and it's safe and it's
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not gonna make their challenges even more significant.
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And so the idea here is that we serve about 3 million
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free lunches every day in the state of California.
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We serve about 1.5 million free breakfast every day in the state
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of California. So we just want to know that this food
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that we're giving to our kids in schools is safe.
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and that it's not going to be making things more
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difficult for students. When will we find out if this bill
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passes? We're just at the very beginning the process here.
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so it's gonna take a couple of months for this
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to, to work its way through the legislature.
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We're hopeful,,
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maybe in August or September,
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we'll be able to send this bill to the governor's desk.
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And,, you know,
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we're, but, but,
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but we're feeling really good about this and we got nurses and
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teachers and public health advocates and all the folks that care about
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our young people. A lot of parents that came in,
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to push for this.
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And so we think we're on the right side of history here
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So we're gonna keep pushing hard and,
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and we, and we know,
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we don't expect and there's another important thing I think
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for folks that we don't expect any products to come off the
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shelf. This is not a ban on any food,
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this is not a ban on any product.
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You're still going to be able to get flaming hot Cheetos in
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the state of California.
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You're still gonna be able to get talkies.
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All the foods that all of us love and enjoy.
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The idea here is just to be able to get them in
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a slightly safer version,
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right? For them to take out that one or one or
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two chemicals that are causing the problem here and,
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and particularly for young people.
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Definitely. Thank you so much for your time.
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Gabriel. And what is your favorite snack?
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By the way? I,
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I, I'm, I'm a big potato chips guy.
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but I do,
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I do like spice.
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I do like spicy foods.
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so I will confess,
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I do enjoy some hot Cheetos now and then they're pretty good
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Yeah. Every now and then,
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right? But not all the time.
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Every now and then.
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It's ok. Yeah.
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And where can people find you?
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They can find us on Insta at a Sm Jesse Gabriel.
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They can find us online.
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You go to Jesse gr.com or to my website just put Jesse
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Gibb on to Google.
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You can find out more of some of the work we're doing
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on this and a bunch of other issues out here in California
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Awesome. Thank you so much.
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We appreciate your time.
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Thank you. All right.
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Thanks guys. Thank you.
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Take care.