FDA Now Requires Beetles To Be Disclosed On Food Packaging

Man, you Jews out there can’t eat anything safely, can you?

“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.


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  1. tsackett says:

    “Only man-made dyes, like FD&C Red No. 40, have to be listed.”

    The articles is not very clear about this. All ingredients must be listed on the label of a food product, but there is a weird loophole that allows some ingredients to be listed under a generic, collective name. Cochineal can be included as “color added”, or even “artificial color”. Also, if it is part of another ingredient, it only has to be listed individually if it has some specific function in the food product. For instance, if a product contains margarine, the product must list the oil in the margarine, but not the coloring it contains. The coloring, while useful in margarine used directly by consumers, has no function in a food product that just contains some margarine.