Taste the rainbow, which includes Food and Drug Administration-approved levels of titanium dioxide, according to Mars Inc.’s response to a lawsuit filed Thursday that the company’s popular Skittles candy contains a “known toxin” that is “inappropriate for humans” consumption.”
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks status as a class action lawsuit and claims that the colorful candies contain “elevated levels” of titanium dioxide, USA Today reported on Monday.
Mars uses titanium dioxide to produce Skittle’s well-known set of artificial colors, according to the article. In 2016, the candy manufacturer issued a public statement about its plan to remove titanium dioxide from its products in the coming years.
In a statement sent by Mars to the show “Today” and several other news channels, the company said: “Although we do not comment on ongoing litigation, our use of titanium dioxide complies with FDA regulations.”