Skittles and cattle? Not a good mix to many people’s minds.
However, a strange turn of events in the United States this month revealed to a shocked public that the sugary treat ‘Skittles’ could possibly be used as feed for livestock.
An accident on an American motorway resulted in thousands of Skittles flying across the road; and it turns out they were on their way to become cattle feed.
In Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of small round sweets fell out of a box from the back of a flatbed pickup truck, and upon further investigation, it was confirmed that they were indeed Skittles although they weren’t marked with their trademark ‘S’.
People panicked; they couldn’t understand why a human-targeted treat was going to livestock. Is it safe? Is it healthy? Is it morally right?
It turns out Mars, who owns the Skittles brand, has reassured people in a statement that they often sell ‘unused’ ingredients to clients who then go on to combine them with other materials to make animal feed.
Linda Kurtz, corporate environmental manager at Mars, added that they do not sell directly to farmers.
She says that all procedures are in compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laws. In fact, their claim has been backed up by livestock nutritionists who say that unused food by-products are often mixed together perfectly to achieve the right ‘nutritional profile’ for use in cattle feed, according to BBC.