Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Starbucks Using Bugs to Color Strawberry Frappuccino

Here at the FPT, we have mixed emotions on the company known as Starbucks. Some of our staff has to have their morning venti iced caramel machiato before they can get productive work done. Others refuse to spend their hard earned schillings at the coffee giant. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, this article may have you thinking twice of what you are eating/drinking.

Making the round on the interwebz is the story about the cochineal insect. The insect is widely used through out the world as a coloring agent for food and other items. Cochineal is considered safe by the FDA, and is used in many other foods such as jams, meats, cookies, just to name a few.

If you want to aviod this product, look for the names carmine (sometimes listed as carminic acid or Natural Red 4).


Gaylord Cohen said...

Red food coloring...from INSECTS?! That's just GROSS!!! I'll NEVER look at "redpop" (Pardon the regional slang, I'm a native Michigander-turned-Floridian) the same way again!!! :-(

basil seeds said...

Is this for real? It's unacceptable for me.