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Starbucks Bugs Vegan With Frappuccino Dye Made From Ground up Insects
Toronto Star ^ | Wed Mar 28 2012 | Melissa Allison

Posted on 03/28/2012 9:15:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When Starbucks changed its Frappuccino mix a couple years ago, it made sure the new ingredients were dairy-free. But no one said anything about being bug-free.

Turns out the strawberry sauce used in strawberries-and-cream Frappuccinos contains cochineal extract, which is made from the bodies of ground-up insects indigenous to Latin America.

A vegan barista who works for Starbucks sent a picture of the sauce’s ingredient list to a vegetarian blog called www.ThisDishIsVegetarian.com, which posted it earlier this month. The revelation sparked some criticism from advocacy groups questioning the practice.

“The strawberry base for our Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino does contain cochineal extract, a common natural dye that is used in the food industry, and it helps us move away from artificial ingredients,” said spokesman Jim Olson.

The base also is used in Starbucks’ strawberry smoothies, he said, and the insect-derived extract is in some other foods and drinks the chain sells, including its red velvet whoopie pies.

Starbucks is hardly the only one.

Cochineal extract and a similar ingredient called carmine, also made from the insects, are bright red and can be found in fruit juices, gelatins and other foods, as well as many makeup products.

They were used for red dye in Mexico before the Spaniards arrived, and the Italian liqueur Campari originally contained carmine dye.

Tropicana’s website lists carmine as a colorant in its non-refrigerated ruby red grapefruit juice, and Dole lists cochineal extract as an ingredient in some of its fruit-in-gel products.

Three years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said food and cosmetic products must declare on their labels that they contain cochineal extract or carmine. The rule went into effect in early 2011.

Until then, the insect additives often were listed as “artificial colours” or “colour added.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, an activist group that pushed the FDA for the new labeling requirement, said the agency should have banned the colorants altogether or at least required that the labels explain that they come from insects.

“All food companies would be well advised to colour their foods with real food and not either artificial dyes or an ostensibly natural dye like carmine,” said the center’s spokesman, Jeff Cronin.

In the case of Starbucks’ strawberry Frappuccinos, he said, “I bet real strawberries could be used. Why simulate the colour of strawberries when you could probably get a pretty good result with strawberries or beet juice or something that won’t concern your customers?”

Cochineal extract and carmine cause allergic reactions in a small segment of the population, he said, and are off-limits for most Jews who keep kosher and vegans and vegetarians, who do not eat animals.

Joe M. Regenstein, a professor of food science at Cornell University, remembers Ben & Jerry’s taking the cochineal-derived colour out of its Cherry Garcia ice cream to make it kosher and to make its ingredient label easier to understand.

Now Cherry Garcia’s label lists “fruit and vegetable concentrates” for color.

Other red foods that are more specific include Whole Foods’ 365-brand pink lemonade, which includes sweet potato, red radish, cherry and apple extracts and Fuze strawberry guava’s chokeberry and carrot extracts.

Crush orange soda and Minute Maid fruit punch are more old-fashioned. They use red dye No.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bugs; coffee; starbucks; vegan

1 posted on 03/28/2012 9:16:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Mmmm... bugalicious.

Not that I like charbcks coffee, but if they are willing to thumb their noses at the vegetards. I might be influenced to buy a cup.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 9:26:27 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Old Age and Treachery @ http://ghillieandmongo.wordpress.com/)
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To: nickcarraway

first they complain about chemicals and now they complain about “natural ingredients”.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 9:28:11 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc

Haters gonna hate.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 9:33:30 PM PDT by mykroar (Please be aware any /sarc tag is for the lurkers, not the Freepers.)
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To: nickcarraway

Now they will raise the price again.

SUCKERS !!!


5 posted on 03/28/2012 9:39:02 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: nickcarraway
Anyone stupid enough to piss away good money on overcooked Starbucks "coffee" deserves bugs in their little drinkie.
6 posted on 03/28/2012 9:56:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway

7 posted on 03/28/2012 9:57:12 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono

“We’ve secretly replaced the fine coffee they usually serve with ground up bug guts.”


8 posted on 03/28/2012 10:16:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: nickcarraway

Thought this was funny until I found the same red dye is used in the strawberry milk I like for lunch, among many other products.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 10:20:00 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (You can take an idiot out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of an idiot!)
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To: a fool in paradise
Roachuccino!


10 posted on 03/28/2012 10:22:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Old news. Shellac comes from the lac insect. If that’s a problem, you don’t buy products with shellac. Orthodox Jews manage just fine.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 10:37:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway
Cochineal bugs are not all that gross. They are like aphids in that they suck juice from plants, specifically cactus. You can find them as far north as Phoenix where they commonly infest the pads of prickly-pear cactus. You don't see them directly because they spin a white, cottony webbing over themselves, typically around a group of thorns. Also they are so small they are hard to see individually.

chochineal on cactus

Squeeze the cottony stuff between your fingers and it will stain them a purple red and it will not wash off. Before chemical dyes were developed in the 19th century cochineal was the best bright red dye available.

If you can eat a shrimp (cockroach-like, bottom-dwelling, scum suckers) these should not give you the creeps.

12 posted on 03/28/2012 10:45:06 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: nickcarraway
Kissed a girl lately?

All red lipstick is just pretty much cochineal ground up bugs dispersed in carnauba wax (also used in Simoniz car wax) and castor oil. Tasty.

13 posted on 03/29/2012 2:18:47 AM PDT by imardmd1
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To: nickcarraway

Source of the name “bug juice”?


14 posted on 03/29/2012 2:42:18 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve read that they have been using these little buggers in ice cream,baked goods and yogurt for a while now.


15 posted on 03/29/2012 7:44:08 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Sorry,no tag line today.)
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