Skittles are 'unsafe' for consumers, sue fees, because they are 'a known poison'

A consumer candy maker is suing Mars, 

alleging that skittles contain a "known poison" that makes rainbow candy "unfit for human consumption".

In a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, 

lawyers for San Leandro resident Jenile Thames said skittles were unsafe for consumers because they contain "elevated levels" of titanium dioxide.

Mars Inc. uses titanium dioxide to produce the well-known array of artificial colors of skittles.

In 2016, the candy maker publicly shared its intention to remove titanium dioxide from its products in the coming years, 

Thursday's complaint said – but titanium dioxide is still used in products such as skittles today.

In a statement sent by Mars to today and several other news outlets, the company said: "Although we do not comment on pending litigation, our use of titanium dioxide complies with FDA regulations.

In a statement sent by Mars to today and several other news outlets, the company said: "Although we do not comment on pending litigation, 

our use of titanium dioxide complies with FDA regulations.

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