Does Your Yogurt Contain Beetle Juice?
Online petition is available to address the issue.
Would you like some bugs with your food?
Dannon and other yogurt brands use carmine, a color additive made with the crushed bodies of cochineal beetles to produce the bright red colors in their foods.
While fruit is still added, carmine is also known to be added to Dannon’s strawberry, cherry, boysenberry and raspberry flavors in its “Fruit on the Bottom” line, as well as in Oiko’s strawberry Greek yogurt, “Light and Fit” pomegranate berry flavor, “Light and Fit Greek” blueberry flavor and some of the Activia flavors.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the ingredient could be a problem for vegetarians or those with dietary restrictions and allergies.
A Dannon spokesperson said the company stands with its use of carmine as it is clearly listed as an ingredient, adding that anyone can avoid it if they wish to.
The CSPI is sponsoring an online petition to address the issue.
Will you be signing the petition?
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