FDA Cracks Down on Crushed Beetles in Food

Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth. Apparently food producers have been grinding up bugs to make food colorings for years! Beetles are a source of carmine or cochineal extract, which makes red, pink, orange and purple. And there’s been very little restriction on its use. A spokes person for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has lobbied to get carmine banned, said there is no way to tell how many products contain the dyes, it can be anything red. The FDA has decided to act now, due to reports of allergic reactions, requiring manufacturers to list carmine or cochineal in the ingredients; The Palm Beach Post reports.

Sounds yummy! There’s actually a big obsession with cramming bug parts into our food. Recently, Greenpeace unveiled a series of advertisements, featuring green onions shaped like spiders, scorpion carrots and peapod grasshoppers, to raise awareness for genetically modified ingredients in food.

Not to mention, a previous experiment showed rats fed genetically engineered corn developed signs of liver and kidney toxicity after 3 months. The corn contained a compound to repel insects.

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Brandi - January 8, 2009 11:43 AM

I heard about this on Vegetarian Food For Thought podcast and I am happy they at least have to list "carmine or cochineal extract" so the few that do know that is ground insects can avoid it.

Foodaroo - January 9, 2009 10:58 AM

Nothing new. The FDA has known about it for years. Eric Schlosser first published the findings in "FAST FOOD NATIONS" in 2000. The ingredient is being used in cranberry juice as well as a number of other processed foods. When you think about it, vegan food is not 100% vegan. Organic almonds, for instance, are grown with fish emulsion.

Keith - January 13, 2009 6:45 AM

I've worked off and on as a kosher chef for the last ten years. Any product with a kosher symbol will not have insect derived dyes added to it. Make sure it is a real kosher symbol though. Just having a K on the label doesn't mean anything.

Alexis - April 9, 2010 2:59 PM

I was on Facebook recently, and someone sent me a milk fan club thing. So i decided to do some research on this milk epidemic.
After i had found out what was in the milk (pus, bacteria etc.) I was simply disgusted...
After the fact that i once had drank Spoiled milk.
This is absolutley disgusting.

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