© Reuters. Skittles sweet pack is seen on this illustration taken July 17, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photograph
By Jonathan Stempel
(Reuters) – A California man who claimed Skittles are “unfit for human consumption” as a result of they contained a recognized toxin has dismissed his federal lawsuit towards Mars Inc, the sweet maker.
Jenile Thames voluntarily dismissed his case on Monday, in line with a submitting by his attorneys in Oakland, California.
No cause was given for the dismissal, which was with out prejudice, which means Thames can sue once more. His attorneys didn’t instantly reply on Tuesday to requests for remark.
Mars was accused within the July 14 lawsuit of endangering Skittles eaters through the use of “heightened ranges” of titanium dioxide, a compound that the privately held firm had pledged in 2016 to section out over 5 years.
Although many meals include titanium dioxide so as to add shade, numerous research have through the years questioned its security.
The European Union this 12 months banned its use as a meals additive as a result of it might injury DNA.
Mars, primarily based in McLean, Virginia, on Sept. 30 sought to dismiss Thames’ lawsuit.
It stated its use of “small quantities” of titanium dioxide didn’t hurt the plaintiff, and complied with U.S. Meals and Drug Administration rules.
“We’re happy with this consequence and reiterate our dedication to manufacturing our merchandise in compliance with strict high quality and security necessities,” Mars stated in an announcement on Tuesday concerning the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Thames, of San Leandro, California, stated he had purchased Skittles in April at a neighborhood QuikStop, and wouldn’t have executed so had he recognized their contents.