Starbucks: No More Insect-Derived Dyes In Drinks

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Starbucks is taking the bugs out of its Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino, Raspberry Swirl Cake and Birthday Cake Pop — all made with a red dye derived from insects.
Cochineal extract, which produces the red hue, is made from dried female Dactylopius coccus, an insect found on Latin America cacti. Crush one and you’ll see rich red.
Vegans and vegetarians started an online petition last month urging Starbucks to stop using the insects as coloring.
The petition cited reports that there were 70,000 bugs in every 1 pound of the red dye.
Starbucks President Cliff Burrows now says the company will shift to a less offensive food coloring,

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One thought on “Starbucks: No More Insect-Derived Dyes In Drinks

  1. Patty Lewis

    It was disgusting not knowing what we were drinking and
    eating at Starbucks, now we need an exact day when the cochineal insects won’t be anymore in Starbucks… and we’ll see if we trust them again.

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