• Posted by Califia Suntree on March 29th, 2012, 10:07 AM

    …But would you rather they contain carcinogenic coal tar? A vegan barista discovered that the new formula for Starbucks Strawberry Frappucinos contains cochineal beetle shells; ground up and highly refined, they are called carmine and can be found in everything from Pop Tarts to paint. Starbucks was trying to do the “green” thing and get away from the highly toxic red food dyes that have already been banned in several European countries–only to piss off the vegans. But…aren’t Frappucinos creamy? It appears that vegans would rather eat weird, artificial milk-like substances than a chemical extracted from an element derived from a bug’s exoskeleton. One vegetarian activist suggested using beets or “purple sweet potatoes” (would that even work?), but I think Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is on to something: “Strawberry Frappucinos should be colored with strawberries.”

    Vegans bash Starbucks for beetle coloring in frappuccinos – USATODAY.com.

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