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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?
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Title Annotation:INDICATIONS; food labeling
Author:Franki, Richard
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 15, 2009
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