Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino dyed with bugs

Exterior view of Starbucks Coffee shop in Mountain View, Calif., is shown on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
March 27, 2012 12:56:31 PM PDT
Starbucks says it's trying to move away from artificial dyes, which explains why one of its drinks contains an ingredient derived from ground up insects.

Its Strawberry Frappuccino gets its rosy color from cochineal extract. The bug has been used in Mexico and South America as a coloring agent for centuries. The federal government considers it safe and it is used in jams, meat, cookies and many other products. But the world health organization warns cochineal can cause asthma or an allergic reaction and some say the drink is no longer vegan.


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