Taste titanium? Skittles Maker sued for dangerous ingredients

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Many of us have “tasted the rainbow” since childhood when it comes to relishing the pint-sized round candies known as Skittles. The rounded treat that features a hard exterior with a soft center, originally delivered in a bright red bag – green if you like it sour! – has become a staple of convenience stores since their launch in 1974.

However, a new lawsuit suggests we’ve been putting our health at risk for years by consuming Skittles due to the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive that gives the candy its artificial color.

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California resident Jenile Thames has filed a class action lawsuit against Skittles parent company Mars Inc. for continuing to use ‘increased levels’ of titanium dioxide (TiO2) after vowing to remove it from the candy-making process in 2016. Genotoxicity, or DNA modification, is linked to TiO2 and will therefore be banned in the European Union next month based on a decision by a food safety regulator.

More on the ongoing lawsuit below, via Reuters:

“According to the lawsuit, titanium dioxide is used in paint, adhesives, plastics and roofing materials, and can cause DNA, brain and organ damage, as well as liver and brain damage. kidneys.

Thames, of San Leandro, Calif., said he bought Skittles at a local QuikStop in April and wouldn’t have done so had he known of their contents.

He said checking the label wouldn’t have helped because the ingredients on Skittles’ bright red wrappers are hard to read.

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The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association has since challenged the dangers of using TiO2 as a food additive, saying the European Food Safety Authority found “no conclusive evidence showing harmful effects” as well as ” no verifiable link has ever been proven between the general consumption of titanium dioxide and harmful to human health.

Surprisingly enough, Thames still wants to buy Mars products, but not those that use TiO2 – he cites Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy, Black Forest Gummy Bears, Sour Patch Kids and Nerds as safer alternatives. So why not Skittles?

Does this change your perspective or your future consumption of Skittles candy? Let your gluttony be heard!

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Virginia C. Taylor