Buddhists! Vegans and Vegetarians! Humans with weak stomachs!! Everyone!
Why is this "natural" coloring approved by the FDA? Doesn't that inspire confidence?
It's not quite as sensational as the stories about Pepsi from a few weeks ago, but this one is for real:
Crushed bugs - yes, B U G S - (cochineal, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dactylopius_coccus
) - are used as coloring in Strawberry Frappuccino and other pink Starbucks foods.
Seriously. Not a joke.
Check Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/bugjuice.asp
From a letter or email sent to the THIS DISH IS VEG web site ....
"Hi! I'm a vegan who currently works as a barista at a Starbucks in the midwest, and I wanted to let you guys know that the Strawberries and Cream Frappucinos and Strawberry Smoothies at Starbucks are NOT vegan. The strawberry sauce we use contains "cochineal extract". My guess would be that the recipe changed about three or four weeks ago, when our strawberry sauce got new packaging. I was hoping you guys could help get the word out there so that no veg*ns end up drinking this formerly vegan frappucino by mistake! Thanks."
The article (link below) continues ...
"For those wondering, cochineal extract is a red dye made out of dried female cochineal insects. And to put things in perspective, according to PETA it may take as many as 70,000 cochineal to produce 1 pound of the red dye." http://www.thisdishisvegetarian.com/2012/03/beware-starbucks-soy-strawberries-creme.html