Due to the presence of a known toxin, Skittles are 'unsafe' for consumers, a lawsuit charge

According to the lawsuit, Skittles contain a "known toxin" that makes the rainbow candies "unfit for human consumption."

According to a lawsuit filed in Northern District of California on Thursday, attorneys 

for San Leandro resident Jenile Thames claimed Skittles contain "heightened levels" of titanium dioxide.

In order to produce Skittles' well-known array of artificial colors, Mars Inc. 

uses titanium dioxide. Despite a public announcement in 2016, 

the candy maker still uses titanium dioxide in products like Skittles today, according to the Thursday complaint.

TODAY and several other news outlets received a statement from Mars saying:

“While we do not comment on pending litigation, 

our use of titanium dioxide complies with FDA regulations.”