Food, cosmetics labels may have to list insect-based dye

Posted on February 1, 2006 

Food, cosmetics labels may have to list insect-based dye

Truth in labeling might start bugging people when they learn how two widely used food and cosmetic color additives are made.

The Food and Drug Administration proposed Friday requiring food and cosmetic labels to list cochineal extract or carmine if their ingredients include either of the two red colorings that have been extracted from the ground bodies of an insect known since the time of the Aztecs.

Carmine puts the red in ice cream, strawberry milk, fake crab and lobster, fruit cocktail cherries, port wine cheese, lumpfish eggs and liqueurs like Campari, the FDA said.

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