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Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino's pink color comes from crushed bugs

Starbucks drinkers sit outside of Starbucks Coffee in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, May 2, 2006. (Paul Sakuma)
March 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you think your Strawberry Frappuccino's pretty pink color comes from actual strawberries, think again.

Starbucks says it is using dye created from the ground up bodies of dried insects. But that is not unusual.

The dye has been used as a coloring agent since the 15th century and is used in jams, alcoholic drinks, bakery products, cheddar cheese and more.

The Food and Drug Administration says the product is safe, but the World Health Organization says it's been known to cause asthma or allergic reactions.


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