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Crushed berry bits, not bugs, please.

Crushed berry bits, not bugs, please.Photo: Jed Egan

The FDA has ruled that processed foods containing red dye made from crushed Coccus cacti beetles (included in some pink dairy, like strawberry milk, and candy) must refer to “cochineal extract” or “carmine” on their labels. The wording is not transparent, and the FDA considers the beetles to be a "natural" additive. Take note of the critters in your food beginning in 2011. [Chow via Fox News]

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