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What is titanium dioxide as Skittles candy faces lawsuit over one ingredient?

Mars, the company that makes rainbow-coloured Skittles candies, is facing a lawsuit claiming that their use of titanium dioxide in the product makes it “unfit…

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Mars, the company that makes rainbow-coloured Skittles candies, is facing a lawsuit claiming that their use of titanium dioxide in the product makes it “unfit for human consumption.”

The Washington Post reports that the lawsuit was filed by a California man. It seeks unspecified damages, alleging that Skittles’ parent company failed to inform consumers about the use of the additive.

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What is the Titanium Dioxide mentioned in Skittles lawsuit?

Titanium Dioxide is one of the most popular food pigments.

It is an odourless powder known for enhancing the white colour or opacity of food. It is also used in over-the-counter products like candies, sunscreen and toothpaste.

Healthline states that titanium dioxide is also used as a colour-enhancer in cosmetics like lipsticks, creams, and powders. In cosmetics, it is usually found as nano-titanium dioxide, which is much smaller than the food-grade version.

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Skittles faces lawsuit over one ingredient

The class-action lawsuit against Skittles was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit was filed on behalf of San Leandro resident Jenile Thames and others who bought the candy.

The Skittles lawsuit argues that Mars’ failure to warn consumers about titanium dioxide’s potential dangers is a “fraud of omission.”

Back in 2016, Mars announced that it planned on removing artificial coloring from its products over the next five years. They later clarified that titanium dioxide was one of the colourants they intended to phase out.

“Defendant has flouted its own promise to consumers,” the lawsuit states (as per Washington Post). “More than six years later, Defendant continues to sell the products with [titanium dioxide] unbeknownst to reasonable consumers who purchase the products.”

In their statement to the publication, Mars’ spokesperson said: “While we do not comment on pending litigation, our use of titanium dioxide complies with FDA regulations.”

European Union is banning titanium dioxide

The European Commission has announced a ban on titanium dioxide being used as a food additive in the European Union.

There was a six-month phasing-out period between February 7, 2022, and August 7, 2022.

The ban goes into full effect in August this year.

The European authorities expressed fears that the accumulation of titanium dioxide could cause genotoxicity and damage their DNA.

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