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Posted: 22 April 2012 07:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m thinking “What the fuck”. Story here. Can I vomit now?

They should take a leaf from a shared joke between my friend and I and change the name to Starfucks.

Starbugs: Coffee chain Starbucks to stop using insects to colour food and drinks

-Starbucks will phase out cochineal extract as a red dye
-“we are reformulating the affected products”
-Will now use a tomato-based extract

STARBUCKS said it will phase out the use of a red dye made from ground up insects that the company uses to color some of its beverage and food products.

The Seattle-based coffee giant said it will no longer use cochineal extract, which is processed from crushed beetles, to color some of its red-tinted products

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Posted: 22 April 2012 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yeah.. The issue came to light a few weeks ago when they had to admit that their new smoothies were NOT vegan. There’s other products what use cochineal, though if memory serves, it’s usually the cosmetics industry, not the food industry.

The whole smoothies thing has been a collossal PR blunder for Starbucks.. The initial in-store posters promised ‘vegatables’, which I proposed meant something similar to ‘chocolatey’ or ‘creme’.

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Posted: 22 April 2012 08:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I apologise if anybody is offended by my swearing but I just can’t cope with things like that. I’m sure such “lovely ingredients” are in other things I consume so I can’t escape it entirely.

I just won’t ever buy anything from Starbucks again.

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Posted: 22 April 2012 09:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Beetles used to be a common ingredirent in most foods that use red dye.
I’m not sure if they use other thingsinstead now, but I’d bet that lot of red dye for food is still made with beetles

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Posted: 22 April 2012 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Sharruma - 22 April 2012 09:34 PM

I’m not sure if they use other thingsinstead now, but I’d bet that lot of red dye for food is still made with beetles

Yeah, it is still commonly used.  Normally referred to as “carmine” (or some variation of that), “Natural Red 4”, or “E120” in the ingredients.  It’s also quite common in cosmetics, fabric dyes, and paints.  It’s so popular because it’s very durable and doesn’t fade easily (which is a problem with many other red dyes).

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Posted: 23 April 2012 05:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I wonder how many people will now complain that Starbucks are using artificial ingredients, though?  Of course, I’m not aware if they’re making any claims to only doing all natural stuff (especially since they’ve not made it out to Western Australia), but it’s always the way where you please one group, and end up annoying another in the process.

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Posted: 23 April 2012 08:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Smerk - 23 April 2012 05:52 AM

I wonder how many people will now complain that Starbucks are using artificial ingredients, though?  Of course, I’m not aware if they’re making any claims to only doing all natural stuff (especially since they’ve not made it out to Western Australia), but it’s always the way where you please one group, and end up annoying another in the process.

Yeah but insects?

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Posted: 23 April 2012 10:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’ve always known cochineal extract was used as a coloring - I thought it was common knowledge.  I never really considered it a big deal as it’s been processed to the point of unrecognizability and it’s no worse than other things we commonly consume.

Caesar dressings often contain anchovies.  How’s that for disgusting!?  (I still eat it, though I try not to think about it)

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Posted: 23 April 2012 02:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Yeah.. to be honest? You shouldn’t look too closely at what you’re eating if you’re squeamish. But knowing that bugs are mostly harmless, food-wise, helps a lot. As long as you stay away from the blood-suckers they don’t have diseases that can jump the species (heck, *order* even) barrier. Flies and roaches are only disease carriers because they eat/come in contact with nasty stuff.

Of course, the presence of bugs is a strong indicator for ‘this food has gone bad’, so ancient instinct tells us ‘bugs = bad food’. Still, many people chow down on them.

Here, let’s try this:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/wacky-edibles/e1bc/?srp=5

Oh foo.. out of stock. Still, if you’re feeling daring, come June…

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Caesar dressings have anchovies because they often may worchestershire sauce, which is basically ‘anchovies, herrings or other small fish dissolved in vinegar’.

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Posted: 24 April 2012 04:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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The red dye bug is a very special one from the Canari Islands.
They are bred specially.

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Posted: 24 April 2012 05:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Mostly we’re talking about harvested animals though, already dead before processing.  When I was at school in Egypt our bread was full of living weevils and so were our cereals etc.  Unless you wanted to go hungry you just picked them out as you went along eating.  I often STOPPED wondering how many I just ate anyway.

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Posted: 24 April 2012 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Perception:

The “yummie yummie shrimp” :

The “AAARRGGGHHH I NEVER GONNA EAT THE LOCUST!!!1!!” :

 

 

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