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Skittles: US lawsuit claims sweets are 'unfit for human consumption' - experts weigh in

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Skittles: Image by Hello I'm Nik, Unsplash
Skittles: Image by Hello I'm Nik, Unsplash
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Skittles may be America's favourite non-chocolate candy, but South Africans have also taken a great liking to it, so much so that you can find the product on multiple local online shopping sites.

However, a recent class-action lawsuit, filed by a California man in July, has accused Mars Inc, the parent company of Skittles, of including a "known toxin" in their sweets. The ingredient, titanium dioxide (or TiO2) is an additive present in thousands of food products.

The lawsuit claims that Mars had "long known of the health problems" and that it had also announced in 2016 it would slowly reduce the amount of the substance put into its products and transition to natural dyes, as per reporting by the New York Times. Despite this, it has continued to sell the sweets with the ingredient, posing a "significant health risk to unsuspecting consumers".

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