Saturday, March 31, 2012

Starbugs Frapuccino a Little Crunchy?

Oops, I meant Starbucks.  "Starbucks' use of crushed beetles in food colouring for its frapuccino products - which it had labeled vegan - is merely the tip of the iceberg. The cochineal beetle, often used in red food dyes, is one of many disgusting ingredients found in everyday foods. Between yogurt, maraschino cherries, jams, cakes, and tomato products, you've probably consumed at least one pound of red dye in your life. That means that you've also ingested at least 70,000 cochineal beetles, according to a petition on Change.org. The bug is crushed up to make red dye. Food companies might advertise natural flavors, low calories and vitamins A through Z, but they're much less likely to promote their use of fish bladders, sand, or human hair. And you won't believe what beaver anal glands - that's correct - are used for." Read more at: The Business Insider  "The cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a "scale" insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha, from which the crimson-colour dye carmine is derived. A primarily sessile parasite native to tropical and subtropical south America and Mexico, this insect lives on cacti, feeding on plant moisture and nutrients. The insect produces carminic acid that deters predation by other insects. Carminic acid, which occurs as 17-24% of the weight of the dry insects, can be extracted from the insect's body and eggs and mixed with aluminum or calcium salts to make carmine dye (also known as cochineal), today primarily used as a food colouring and for cosmetics." (Wikipedia)