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Skittles Lawsuit Lawyers : Why Are Skittles Unsafe?

July 19, 2022

A lawsuit against Skittles alleges that the popular candy is 'unsafe' for human consumption due to contamination of "a known toxin." The report states that the lawsuit accuses candy maker Mars of marketing a product that contains "heightened levels" of titanium dioxide. The Skittles lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and is pursuing class-action status.

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Why Are Skittles Unsafe? 

Famous candy maker Mars uses titanium dioxide to make Skittles' artificial colors. Since 2016, Mars has publicly pledged to remove titanium dioxide from its candy products, but titanium dioxide is still being used to make Skittles candy. Mars issued a statement to several other news platforms, stating that they do not comment on pending litigation and that their use of titanium dioxide complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Code of Federal Regulations does permit the use of titanium dioxide for the purpose of coloring food, but the quantity of titanium dioxide allowed must not exceed 1% of the food product's weight. Titanium dioxide in food products has been banned in many other countries, including all of Europe. The European Food Safety Authority issued a statement in May 2021 that titanium dioxide is not considered a safe food additive due to concerns of genotoxicity.

Genotoxicity is the capability of chemicals to harm genetic information, including DNA. Maged Younes, with the European Food Safety Authority's Expert Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings stated that when titanium dioxide particles are absorbed through consumption, the chemical can accumulate in the body.

In the Skittle lawsuit filed on Thursday, the Plaintiff's complaint argues that Mars did not sufficiently warn consumers of the health risks linked with titanium dioxide. The complaint also alleges that Defendant's omissions would cause a reasonable shopper to expect that their Product was safe to purchase and consume. It is also alleged that Mars failed to notify customers before or at the time of purchase that their Skittles product was dangerous to consumers because they contain heightened levels of titanium dioxide and the potential health risks.

The Skittles lawsuit also indicated that many Mars competitors do not use titanium dioxide to color their candy products. For example, M&Ms, Nerds, and Sour Patch Kids do not rely on using titanium dioxide.

The Skittles lawsuit is seeking economic damages for alleged fraud and the violation of California consumer protection laws. 

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