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Surprising ingredients in some yogurt

Have you ever thought about how the food you eat gets its color? It might be time to start. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen has this report about what’s in your yogurt, and why it will certainly surprise you.

What gives this strawberry yogurt its pink color? If you thought berries, would you ever be wrong.
It’s bugs! Cochineal insects are valued for their vibrant red color when crushed. In just seconds it turns into a brilliant, scarlet red dye.
Last year, Starbucks said it would stop using the bug dye in products like its Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino. Now, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says Dannon should get it out of its yogurt.
“A company like Dannon should be coloring its strawberry yogurt with strawberries and not some insect extract,” says Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CSPI.
He says Dannon is being deceptive.
“The average yogurt eater sees the redness and thinks strawberries. There’s a picture of a strawberry on the label, not an insect,” he says.
The group says dozens of consumers have complained that the bug coloring, called Carmine, has caused vomiting, hives, and swelling.
In a statement, Dannon said: “Carmine is a safe, FDA approved, vivid red color that many food makers use, including Dannon in some of our products, because it delivers the best color throughout shelf life of the product.”
Dannon also says if consumers want to avoid it, they can just look at the label. It’ll say “Carmine.” It won’t say “bugs.”


8 Comments to “Surprising ingredients in some yogurt”

    Ted said:
    July 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Why not just like other big companies danon is just showing its greed for money anything that will save them money greed is something the bible says the root to all evil is money that's all I will say mr.ted leaves u with that think about it the money can't go with u and u only can hold on to it as long as GOD no's that u got good plans so think about it danon instead of being sued just think about the people that u might be hurting money isn't everything

    uhavenoclu said:
    July 29, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    EVERY DAM FOOD YOU EAt is unhealthy according to the politically correct comunists………… they will tell yoy the only thing we can eat will be dirt and leaves.

    Ernie said:
    July 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Actually I had a bowl of dirt and leaves today topped with whipped cream
    and it was wonderful. MMMmmmm MMMMmmm good …..

    Peace said:
    July 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Take it up with Nestle…they own Dannon….

    Eileen Hain said:
    July 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Why would you use carmine – what is wrong with you what is wrong in having strawberry yogurt a light color? I was on a strong antibiotic and the Dr. suggested I take it with activie. Later I saw on the news about carmine in active. I felt sick . I will never use it again. You had a good product why cheapen it?

    Beth said:
    July 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    If you people don't want to eat the carmine, don't eat the yogurt. There are plenty of other yogurt companies out there. Why are you all so stuck on bitchin' about Dannon? Let it go……move on.

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