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Crushed Beetles In Your Food???

make-up junkie

Last week I saw a report on how dead beetles are crushed into some foods and makeup for colouring such as fruit yogurts. Apparently the FDA does not require that dead beetles otherwise known as "cochineal" or "carmine" be labeled in the ingredients. Most times you'll see it as "artificial colouring". We used to give our son lots of fruit yogurts and at the same time a rash developed. We weren't sure why his eczema flared up but we have a feeling now it was because of the fruit yogurts and who else knows what. Over time we stopped giving him fruit yogurts and he rarely has eczema flare ups. We rarely ever have to use his rash cream to stop the flare ups now too. The toddler featured in the report had a severe reaction and was hospitalized. He swelled up so bad all over that he went into shock. Freaks me out!

How often do you guys read labels? We're trying to move into using all natural products but it's hard on the wallet when it's so damn expensive compared to the non-organic foods!
Aug 12, 2009 @ 04:48 pm

13 Replies


great topic!

I am glad you brought this up....after recently viewing the movie 'Food
Inc' and having read 'Fast Food Nation' several times over, I have
really been careful about what goes into my mouth these days (and what
makeup and lotions I use). The FDA and USDA are a joke...these
organizations are usually made up of major food corporation
stockholders...even things labeled as 'natural' can be hazardous to
your health.

Please do your research before you buy....a general rule of thumb I use
when I have to shop in a grocery store (because I buy all organic from
a farmer's market) is to shop the perimeter of the store....the
'better' food for you is typically there. All the preservatives and
junk are in the middle....

Shop local! Keep local farmers in business!
Aug 12, 2009 @ 10:00 pm


Yeah I saw a news report on this last summer...they were saying that true vegetarians can't eat red smarties or candies because there is a chance that they have used beetles for the red dye. It's scary what they do to food nowadays. I know what you mean about organic foods being hard on the wallet though. I do try to buy local as much as possible. Good point that meredithk115 made though abbout the perimeter of the store being less preservative filled than the middle!
Aug 13, 2009 @ 12:01 pm


I had no idea! Yuck!!!
Aug 13, 2009 @ 02:46 pm


There should be a major lawsuit filed against these companies who do this.That is totally disgusting.The worst thing is that they don't even put carmine on the labels.Does anyone know of a way to find out which products use this disgusting ingredient?

Aug 13, 2009 @ 11:29 pm


There are lots of books on these kind of chemical laden ingredients and our food in general...the one I like that lists the chemicals/dye ingredients and what they REALLY ARE is called

"What's in this stuff"


And agaphmou, there ARE lawsuits filed against the companies...the problem is, the members of Congress have major interests in these companies, so the lawsuits either go unnoticed, or the companies hire powerful lawyers to dispute the cases. The compaines almost always win. Its disgusting...
Aug 14, 2009 @ 06:31 am

This is the book I meant...sorry

Aug 14, 2009 @ 06:54 am

nasty stuff

thank you meredith! I have to read this!
Aug 15, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

good :)

Yes its a great book, agaphmou. The first link I posted is the same book but the 'UK' version. Not sure how different it is...

In case you haven't seen it, Food Inc is a real eye opening documentary and of course, the classic 'Fast food nation' is a great book.
Aug 16, 2009 @ 04:05 am
make-up junkie

Good Advice!

My mother-in-law said the same thing about supporting local businesses and going to organic markets. Yes, going to start shopping only on the perimeter of the store! I try to stay away from the isles in general but especially after seeing that report. Going to check out that documentary and read Fast Food Nation. Was there a documentary about Fast Food Nation too?
Aug 17, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

Fast food nation....

noooo Fast Food Nation is book...but it is full of resources! There are other documentaries on this subject....
Aug 18, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

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