07 Apr '12, 11pm

Did you know lots of red dye in foods is made out of crushed insects?

Carmine, or cochineal extract, is a coloring agent derived from the crushed pregnant bodies of a type of small parasitic beetle-like insect. Up until last year, food manufacturers didn’t even have to list it on the label, but now, thanks to an FDA petition brought by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it has to be listed among the ingredients. The consumer group also asked that the dye specifically be identified as “insect-derived” for the benefit of those who try to maintain Kosher, Muslim, vegan, or bug-free diets, but the FDA rejected that part of the petition. Thanks to the burgeoning food movement, though, these “pink slime” ingredients are coming to light and Starbucks was the latest corporation to draw criticism for using cochineal to pinken their strawberry Frappuccinos. Are there any human health implications of bug-based food colors? That’s the topic ...

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