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Starbucks admits using dye from bugs

By Cong Mu (Global Times)

15:36, April 23, 2012

Cochineal, a bug-based red dye, was used in a few food products in Starbucks cafes in China.

US cafe chain Starbucks' Chinese subsidiary Sunday admitted they have used cochineal, a bug-based red dye, in a few food products in their cafes in China.

Starbucks China also said that they had not sold any beverage containing cochineal in China, and a new strawberry and soy milk frappuccino they are going to launch will use a red colorant that meets the Chinese food safety standard, Beijing Evening News reported Sunday.

The announcement came after 7,500 American consumer rights activists forced the NASDAQ-listed company to stop using cochineal, or carmine, a red dye made from the dried bodies of female cochineal insects, in its strawberry-flavored drinks in the US last week.

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BingBongBoo at 2012-04-2461.177.200.*
Big deal, in China eating bugs is normal anyway, so what is the problem? Go to the Beijing "food" markets or most "food" markets anywhere in China and you'll see lots of yummy bugs to eat! FACT!
Anonymous We are Legion at 2012-04-2465.95.204.*
With the amount of crap Chinese eat a few bugs for colouring is a drop in the bucket.

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