Skittles are ‘unfit for human consumption’ as per new Lawsuit
Consumers are suing Mars, the creator of Skittles, claiming the candy contains a “known toxin” that renders it unsafe for human consumption.
On Thursday, San Leandro resident Jenile Thames filed a class action complaint in Oakland, California, claiming that Skittles are harmful to consumers due to “heightened levels” of titanium dioxide.
Attorneys for San Leandro resident Jenile Thames filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of Skittles on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming that the candy’s “heightened levels” of titanium dioxideor, TiO2, made them dangerous to consumers.
A food safety regulator in the European Union has ruled titanium dioxide dangerous due to its “genotoxicity,” or ability to modify DNA, according to the lawsuit.
Skittles’ synthetic rainbow of hues is created by Mars Inc. using titanium dioxide. The lawsuit claims that even though the candy manufacturer said in October 2016 that it planned to phase out titanium dioxide in the coming years, the ingredient is still present in popular brands like Skittles.
Titanium dioxide is alleged in the case to cause DNA damage, brain and organ damage, and lesions in the liver and kidneys; it is used in a variety of products including paint, adhesives, plastics, and roofing materials.
According to the complaint, “A reasonable consumer would expect that [Skittles] can be safely purchased and consumed as marketed and sold,” Nonetheless, “However, the products are not safe.”
Titanium dioxide “can no longer be considered safe as a food additive.” the European Food Safety Authority stated in May of 2021. In spite of this, the food additive is not banned in the USA.
The FDA states that titanium dioxide “The color additive titanium dioxide may be safely used for coloring foods generally.” However, the FDA states that the titanium dioxide content of a meal cannot be more than 1% of the total weight.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of deceiving them and breaking California’s consumer protection laws, and asks for damages that are left open.
In April, Thames of San Leandro, California, purchased Skittles from a nearby QuikStop and later claimed he wished he hadn’t.
However, Thames maintains that it would not have helped him to read the label because the contents are so small on the bright red Skittles packaging.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. 22-04145, Thames v. Mars, Inc.