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Dannon criticized for using insect-based dye in yogurt products
FoxNews ^ | July 25, 2013 | FoxNews

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 yogurt’s 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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Dannon-yogurt-eaters beware!
1 posted on 07/27/2013 7:16:38 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative
Center for Science in the Public Interest?

My spidey sense suspect ties to George Soros.

2 posted on 07/27/2013 7:18:35 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Innovative
These are organic insects, right? What's the problem? This is a natural product. About as natural it gets. Dannon for me.
3 posted on 07/27/2013 7:19:57 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Innovative

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.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 7:23:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BipolarBob

Honey is basically bee vomit.


5 posted on 07/27/2013 7:24:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

And Moochelle wants schools to put yogurt on all school menus.


6 posted on 07/27/2013 7:26:15 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


7 posted on 07/27/2013 7:28:01 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Innovative

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.


8 posted on 07/27/2013 7:28:25 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: BipolarBob
Rattlesnake venom is a natural, organic substance. Feathers are high in protein. Insects are mostly fattening, if you eat them raw. But first you need to shuck them (take the chitinous outer covering off). Man does not have a chitinase, an enzyme that will break down this hard (crunchy) covering.

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.

9 posted on 07/27/2013 7:30:18 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: null and void

The center for science in the public interest looks pretty left leaning to me.

http://www.cspinet.org/

>>Salt Assault

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.<<


10 posted on 07/27/2013 7:30:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BipolarBob
cochineal

Been used for years in products. At least they don't use red lead or copper compounds to color their products.

11 posted on 07/27/2013 7:30:35 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Innovative

12 posted on 07/27/2013 7:30:47 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: cripplecreek

Its a Ralph Nader Org


13 posted on 07/27/2013 7:31:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: null and void

They don’t seem to list bugs as one of the ingredients...

http://www.dannon.com/pdf/yogurtIngredients.pdf


14 posted on 07/27/2013 7:33:28 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Insect-based dye is an strong aphrodesiac. It also promotes heart health and improves eyesight.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 7:37:04 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: GeronL

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.


16 posted on 07/27/2013 7:37:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Innovative

What’s the gripe? The UN has stated that everyone, except the elite, eat bugs and insects. I would assume bug extract would qualify.


17 posted on 07/27/2013 7:38:28 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Innovative
but, but... it's au naturale!!!
18 posted on 07/27/2013 7:43:38 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Innovative

I strongly suspect a pair of Obama bundlers who live in New Hampshire...Yoghurt mogels...want to talk down the competition...


19 posted on 07/27/2013 7:46:57 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Calvin Locke

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.


20 posted on 07/27/2013 7:48:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Innovative
When I was stationed in Thailand, the bread we bought locally always had lots of little black specks in it. We figured it was extra protein.

And don't forget, when you sniff a flower, you're putting your nose up to the sexual organs of another species.

21 posted on 07/27/2013 7:50:11 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Eddie01
Insect-based dye is an strong aphrodesiac. It also promotes heart health and improves eyesight.

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.

22 posted on 07/27/2013 7:51:03 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Innovative

23 posted on 07/27/2013 7:53:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BipolarBob

Alcohol is single-cell fungus piss.


24 posted on 07/27/2013 7:54:40 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Eddie01

Need a list please...uh...I have heart problems. Yeah, tickers going bad.


25 posted on 07/27/2013 7:58:37 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Alcohol is single-cell fungus piss.

Yeah, like that's going to slow me down. It's all natural. And I only drink 100% organic single-cell fungus piss.

26 posted on 07/27/2013 8:00:44 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: null and void
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.

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.

27 posted on 07/27/2013 8:10:57 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Innovative

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)


28 posted on 07/27/2013 8:13:07 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Innovative

Betelguise!


29 posted on 07/27/2013 8:14:23 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: BipolarBob

“Dannon - now with new insect-based dye - it’s easy to eat and hard to beat.”


30 posted on 07/27/2013 8:18:15 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: Texas Eagle

PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) are always lefty think tank screw the western world groups...


31 posted on 07/27/2013 8:19:06 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Innovative
Could affect the entire culture!
32 posted on 07/27/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: Texas Eagle

“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.


33 posted on 07/27/2013 8:19:39 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Eddie01

LOL, Dannon needs to hire you for their PR group.


34 posted on 07/27/2013 8:19:57 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: James C. Bennett
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.

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.

35 posted on 07/27/2013 8:20:59 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Sherman Logan

And it, and mushrooms, should be consumed in quantity, because it’ll be consuming you one day...


36 posted on 07/27/2013 8:21:39 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Calvin Locke
Been used for years in products. At least they don't use red lead or copper compounds to color their products.

That comes when they shift production to China.
37 posted on 07/27/2013 8:24:17 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Innovative

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.


38 posted on 07/27/2013 8:24:34 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Innovative
So, can "natural" colors also be "artificial"?

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?

39 posted on 07/27/2013 8:24:59 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: The_Reader_David

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.


40 posted on 07/27/2013 8:29:13 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

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.


41 posted on 07/27/2013 8:29:19 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: bramps

I see what you did there.....


42 posted on 07/27/2013 8:29:51 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: James C. Bennett

It’s further complicated by the fact that not all insects are treif...


43 posted on 07/27/2013 8:34:47 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Eddie01
It also promotes heart health and improves eyesight.

And I always heard that sort of thing would make you go blind?

44 posted on 07/27/2013 8:35:23 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: null and void; Innovative; Chode

doesnt dannon promote activia with bigshitus regularis i e LIVE bugs so why worry about the dead ones


45 posted on 07/27/2013 8:35:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: null and void

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!


46 posted on 07/27/2013 8:37:12 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett
I’ve been able to eye-read micron-size etched numbers from optical elements, for years.

Enjoy it while you can, I used to be able to as well.

47 posted on 07/27/2013 8:38:33 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: bigheadfred
LOLOLOL!!! 100%
48 posted on 07/27/2013 8:42:47 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MtBaldy
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.

Actually, it's a Ralph Nader front, as are most things wirh "PIRG" in the name.

49 posted on 07/27/2013 8:53:38 PM PDT by Virginia-American (Don't bring a comic book to an encyclopedia fight.)
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To: cripplecreek

There are many things I really don’t want to know anything about: Insect dyed yogurt being one of them.


50 posted on 07/27/2013 8:55:43 PM PDT by jayrunner
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