FDA Cracking Down On Bug Dye - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/06

FDA Cracking Down On Bug Dye

It might help you lose weight just thinking about this...you could be eating crushed up bugs and not even know it.

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that food products list cochineal extract or carmine if it contains it, because that means they've ground up a beetle-like insect to give the food its color.

That bug dye is already in some ice cream, strawberry milk, fruit cocktail cherries, and port wine cheese among other things. But right now, it's listed as "color added" or "e-120."

So, why bring it up now if we've been eating bugs for a long time? The FDA is responding to dozens of reports that some people are allergic to cochineal or carmine and need to know that bug is in there.

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