Mars Fails to Fulfill Commitment to Remove Dyes from its American Products, CSPI Says

Reversal Means M&Ms, Skittles, and Other Products Will Still Contain Dyes Linked to Behavioral Problems


February 4, 2021 marked the date by which candymaker Mars pledged to remove synthetic colorings from M&Ms, Skittles, and its other American products.

Yet, in a shocking reversal, the world’s largest candy company has abandoned that 2016 commitment to remove Red 40, Yellow 5, and other controversial synthetic dyes from its products, despite those dyes’ clear links to behavioral problems in children.             

“Eliminating all artificial colors from our human food portfolio is a massive undertaking, and one that will take time and hard work to accomplish,” said Mars president and CEO Grant F. Reid in a 2016 press release announcing the move. “Our consumers are the boss and we hear them. If it’s the right thing to do for them, it’s the right thing to do for Mars.”

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest had praised the company when the promise was made. Mars reiterated its pledge as recently as 2019, when the company told the trade publication that its commitment to remove dyes from its human food products within five years was still on track.

But they did not……..

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