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Starbucks Will “Stop It” with the Bugs

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about Starbucks and the crushed bugs being used as a red dye in some it’s drinks, and got quite a reaction.  It certainly did around the country.

Starbucks had said they weren’t doing anything that others weren’t doing as well, but would consider a change.

Guess what?  Starbucks Corp. says it will stop using a red dye in its drinks that is derived from crushed bugs.

Starbucks Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino (AP photo)WZZM

The Associated Press is reporting the Seattle-based coffee chain said in a blog post on its website that it made the decision to reformulate its drinks after feedback from consumers prompted a “thorough” evaluation.

The company says it will swap out cochineal extract, which is made from the juice of a tiny beetle, and instead use lycopene, a tomato-based extract.

Cochineal dye is widely used in foods and cosmetics products such as lipstick, yogurt and shampoo. Starbucks had used the coloring in its strawberry flavored mixed drinks and foods like the raspberry swirl cake and red velvet whoopie pie.

The company says the items will be reformulated by the end of June.

The Public has spoken!

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