Gallery: Starbucks Swaps Crushed Parasitic Beetle Food Coloring for Tom...


We were recently shocked to learn that Starbucks’ strawberry drinks are colored with ‘carmine’ – a dye made from crushed parasitic beetles. Those of us on an insect-free diet can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Starbucks just announced that their products from now on will get that extra splash of red from the vegan-friendly Tomat-O-Red dye. The all-natural color is produced by Israel-based company ‘Lycored’ and it’s – in contrast to carmine – claimed to be a healthy colorant full of antioxidants.

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  1. scuffedshoes June 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    No insect foods! Next: boycott that sweetener made of bee puke.

  2. sylrayj June 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I have seen a few organizations encouraging the requirement to be clear about the ingredients in foods, and this is an excellent example for my family. My son is sensitive to tomato, so while I’m glad carmine will be phased out, we’re going to have to be wary around red colourings as long as they are not specified.

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