“Beetlejuice” is more than just a movie name
foodmakers regularly use crushed female cochineal beetles to dye food, particularly certain yogurts, juices and candy, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
While shocking, it’s perfectly legal, the paper reports. Foodmakers don’t have to list the bug-based ingredient, because beetles are part of nature. Only man-made dyes, like FD&C Red No. 40, have to be listed.
But that may change soon. The Food and Drug Administration may recommend that companies list beetle additives as “carmine” or “cochineal.”
Why? Using beetles in food proves problematic for vegetarians, people who keep kosher and for those with certain food allergies.
Note that this new FDA regulation makes no mention of the full disclosure of baby insects inside your Kentucky Fried Roachwich, so the othodox, Hessidic o.g. ois in our audience may want to consult their punk rock rabbis.