Color me informed.
Knowledge is power, which means that consumer advocates must fight
a never-ending battle to disgust people by letting them know what
they're actually eating. In early January, the FDA decided in
response to a petition from the Center for Science in the Public
Interest that food and cosmetics manufacturers that use carmine and
cochineal extract--colorings extracted from the dried bodies of
cochineal bugs and used in reddish-colored fruit drinks, ice creams,
yogurts, and candies--must declare on the labels that those products
contain the dried bodies of bugs. This will "help people who
suffered allergic reactions determine if the colors were the
culprits," the CSPI said in a statement. But which is worse: dead
bugs or artificial colors?