Skittles Candy Lawsuit: Is the U.S. Banning Skittles?

  • Mars is facing a lawsuit over its use of titanium dioxide in its Skittles candy.
  • However, the candy isn't being pulled from store shelves.
  • The chemical is allowed in human food in small amounts.
A red bag of skittles is spilled out across a white flat surface representing the candy lawsuit.

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Mars is in the news today with the candy company facing a Skittles lawsuit and it has some consumers wondering if the sweet treat will be banned in the U.S.

To get the scare out of the way first, there are no plans to ban the sale of Skittles in the U.S. The candy meets food safety regulations put in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

So then where does this Skittles candy lawsuit come from? The lawsuit was filed by San Leandro resident Jenile Thames who is seeking class-action status. The consumer is suing the company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Thames’ allegation against Mars covers the inclusion of titanium dioxide that acts as a coloring for Skittles. According to the lawsuit, this is a known toxic chemical that should not be included in food made for human consumption.

Thames’ argument isn’t without merit. Several other countries have banned titanium dioxide from use in human food. That’s due to high levels of it being able to cause damage to a person’s DNA. This is why the FDA’s regulations only allow a small percentage of the chemical to be used in food, USA Today notes.

The Skittles lawsuit claims that Thames would not have purchased the candy had he known it contained titanium dioxide. He blames the contrast between the font and packaging for making the ingredients on the container hard to read. This has Thames seeking damages from Mars.

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