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Taste the rainbow or toxin? Candy maker Mars is being sued after a consumer claimed that Skittles contain a “known toxin” called titanium dioxide, that makes the rainbow candies “unfit for human consumption.” Jenile Thames filed suit against Mars Inc, alleging that people who consume Skittles “are at heightened risk of a host of health effects for which they were unaware stemming from genotoxicity – the ability of a chemical substance to change DNA”. The California lawsuit alleges the sale of the candy violates the state’s consumer protection laws. It also claims the chemical is used in paint, adhesives, plastics and other materials and can cause damage to DNA, the brain, and other organs.

FOX 8 reports 

Mars Inc. said it used the chemical as a colorant in 2016 and said it would be removing artificial colors over the next five years.