Skip to comments.Dannon criticized for using insect-based dye in yogurt products
Posted on 07/27/2013 7:16:38 PM PDT by Innovative
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) a nonprofit food watchdog group Dannon uses an ingredient known as carmine to give some of its fruit-flavored yogurt a pink color.
Around 40,000 cochineal bugs are needed to produce just one pound of cochineal extract for the carminic acid, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. In order to obtain the substance, the insects bodies are dried and then boiled in water.
The CSPI argued that Dannon's use of carmine is cheating consumers, who believe that fruits are providing their yogurts color. They also maintain that numerous studies have found that the insect-based dye can put some people at risk for allergic reactions and even anaphylactic shock.
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My spidey sense suspect ties to George Soros.
Beware of hype over nothing?
We eat things that come from hen butts and drink glandular secretions from cows. As it is, much of our food has an allowable amount of insect parts anyway.
Honey is basically bee vomit.
And Moochelle wants schools to put yogurt on all school menus.
I’m okay with it. I’m okay with the insects. I know where eggs come from. I’ve milked goats before. None of this bothers me. I may be reduced to eating things a lot less desirable if Obama gets his way.
So? As long as they disclose on the label and don’t claim it’s Kosher, I fail to see the problem.
It’s in Skittles and Good’n’Plenty.
So some diet pills have a chitin basis because it fills you up and yet you can't digest it. Diet pills are the products of libtards.
The center for science in the public interest looks pretty left leaning to me.
Food industry’s sodium reduction efforts have failed, and scientists are calling for mandatory, phased-in limits on salt in food to prevent cardiovascular disease.<<
Been used for years in products. At least they don't use red lead or copper compounds to color their products.
Its a Ralph Nader Org
They don’t seem to list bugs as one of the ingredients...
Insect-based dye is an strong aphrodesiac. It also promotes heart health and improves eyesight.
I see they’re worried about “food environments” (Food Deserts). They also have a whole string of pending lawsuits against food and drug companies.
I’m a lot more threatened by these idiots than I am a few bugs.
What’s the gripe? The UN has stated that everyone, except the elite, eat bugs and insects. I would assume bug extract would qualify.
I strongly suspect a pair of Obama bundlers who live in New Hampshire...Yoghurt mogels...want to talk down the competition...
As a source of red dye, cochineal has a long history in the new world...it was in fact, the source or red in British uniforms at the time of the War for Independence.
And don't forget, when you sniff a flower, you're putting your nose up to the sexual organs of another species.
Eddie!! You're a walking talking Dannon advertisement. Before I was only halfway interested in yogurt (I do eat it). Now I'm going to have some yogurt.
Alcohol is single-cell fungus piss.
Need a list please...uh...I have heart problems. Yeah, tickers going bad.
Yeah, like that's going to slow me down. It's all natural. And I only drink 100% organic single-cell fungus piss.
Technically, nothing could be labeled "kosher" if insect parts cannot be used because things like dust mites are guaranteed to be present in parts if not whole, in all processed and natural foods.
Logically, there's no reason to avoid the "kosher" label for using carmine (a chemical prepared from so many processes to extract a coloured acid from insects, it's practically merely a chemical compound), if other foods can be allowed a "kosher" label while containing dust mites.
Campari liqueur has used carmine in its original formulation for many many years. Lately they seem to have two formulations, one original and one with some artificial red dye. In my area only one liquor store carries the carmine colored one anymore. (FWIW my aunt drank a glass of campari every day without fail since the early ‘40s and lived to 100)
“Dannon - now with new insect-based dye - it’s easy to eat and hard to beat.”
PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) are always lefty think tank screw the western world groups...
“Center for Science in the Public Interest?
My spidey sense suspect ties to George Soros.”
I don’t know about ties to Soros but they are certified whack jobs. A good rule of thumb is whatever they are against is probably safe and beneficial.
LOL, Dannon needs to hire you for their PR group.
Ah, but you're overlooking the fact that rabbinic law (which defines kosher) regards the unintentional presence of non-kosher ingredients in sufficiently small amounts (if I recall up to 1 part in 60) as inconsequential -- I forget the Hebrew term (which I only ever knew because Norman Podhoretz cited this rabbinic regulation by way of analogy in defending Patrick Buchanan against accusations of antisemitism). No one puts dust mites in their food on purpose and they don't constitute very much of it, but dyes are put in food intentionally, and thus would need to be kosher for the food to be kosher.
And it, and mushrooms, should be consumed in quantity, because it’ll be consuming you one day...
It’s on the package.
The link to advertizing copy you provided says:
Most DANNON® yogurts also contain other ingredients to enhance their flavor, texture and appearance.
We are used to thinking of artificial colors as coming out of a chemistry lab. But even if we assume that the insect-derived colors used by Dannon are deemed "natural," and safe for human consumption, are such uses ethical?
I was in Scotland not long ago, and bought a package of lime-flavored hard candies. Knowing that the laws regarding artificial color in the U.K. are strict, I was surprised to see that the candy was distinctly green, despite the fact that lime juice is nearly colorless. I checked the label, and found the answer: spinach powder. I suppose you could say that spinach powder is not artificial. But it's a bit sneaky to use it thus, is it not?
Yes, but still, carmine is hardly “insect part” by the time the processes used to extract the compound are complete. It’s almost as if water that once used to be a part of the body of a pig, can no more be “kosher” even though it is merely a chemical compound, identical in all objective respects to any other water. Like dust mites, it cannot be avoided (I have heard it said a glass of water will have every molecule in it spread evenly all over the planet in about 12 years). Dust mites can easily surpass the arbitrarily-drawn fraction of a part in sixty, in certain food ingredients. Couple that with other insects, it will be even more unavoidable.
Yes, I’m given to understand that the Rabbis draw the line at anything too small to see with the unaided eye.
NYC tap water needs to be filtered to remove just barely visible copeopods to be considered Kosher.
I see what you did there.....
It’s further complicated by the fact that not all insects are treif...
And I always heard that sort of thing would make you go blind?
doesnt dannon promote activia with bigshitus regularis i e LIVE bugs so why worry about the dead ones
Again, whose “unaided eye”?
I’ve been able to eye-read micron-size etched numbers from optical elements, for years.
These arbitrary qualifications for things to be deemed equally arbitrarily “clean” or “unclean” always crack me up. The jokes are all halal!
Enjoy it while you can, I used to be able to as well.
Actually, it's a Ralph Nader front, as are most things wirh "PIRG" in the name.
There are many things I really don’t want to know anything about: Insect dyed yogurt being one of them.
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