What good is a company’s pledge if they fail to follow through? That’s the core issue behind a new proposed class action suit involving Mars’ Skittles candies. According to news sources, Jenile Thames of San Leandro, CA has filed suit against Mars Inc, claiming that the colorful candies contain “heightened levels” of titanium dioxide. Yikes.
In 2016, Mars pledged to discontinue its use of TiO2 and remove all artificial coloring from its products but has yet to do so. Just last May, the European Food Safety Authority determined that TiO2 “could not be considered safe for consumption,” and banned the use of TiO2 as a food additive. According to the lawsuit, Mars had said it would comply with Europe’s law.
The lawsuit said Thames purchased a package of Skittles earlier this year that still contained Titanium dioxide. He claims the ingredients on the packaging are too difficult to read and that he would have never purchased the Skittles if he had known it contained TiO2.
Titanium dioxide is commonly used in paints, adhesives, inks and roofing materials and it “has demonstrated an ability to pass through biological membranes, circulate through the body and enter cells,” per the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for fraud and violations of California consumer protection laws.
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