On Thursday, a civil lawsuit has been filed against Skittles alleging that the candies are unsafe for human consumption because they contain a known toxin that the company had pledged six years ago to phase out.

Jenile Thames accused Mars Inc. of endangering unsuspecting Skittles eaters by using “heightened levels” of titanium dioxide, or TiO2, as a food additive, according to a proposed class action filed on Thursday in Oakland, Calif., federal court.

Back in February 2016, Mars pledged to the Center for Food Safety that it would phase out its artificial colors over the next five years, with TiO2 among the ingredients to be cut.

“A reasonable consumer would expect that [Skittles] can be safely purchased and consumed as marketed and sold,” the lawsuit alleges. “However, the products are not safe.”

Thames is accusing Mars Inc. of fraud and violations of California consumer protection laws. He also claims that TiO2 is found in paint, adhesives, plastics, and roofing materials and has the capability to cause DNA, brain, and organ damage, as well as lesions in the liver and kidneys.

100 Percent Fedup noted:

The FDA allows titanium dioxide to be used as a coloring agent in foods so long as the amount does not exceed 1% of the product’s weight. However, the European Union has found the ingredient to be too damaging and therefore banned its usage in food products.

The lawsuit, basing itself off the findings of the European Union’s food safety regulations, seeks unspecified damages for “fraud”and “violations of California’s consumer protection laws.”

In a statement to news outlets, a Mars spokesperson said the company does not comment on pending litigation, but that Mars’s use of titanium dioxide is in compliance with regulations under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Source: 100percentfedup

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