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Yuck, I accidently ate a BUG @$#$@#%$%

Sunday, July 28, 2013

DARN IT !!! Why can't the food manufactures put a photo of bugs on there label when adding them to foods to make consumers more aware. Why not say this food contains BUGS giving us more of a choice to walk away from them. I don't want them disguised as red food coloring or fruit. They need to be HONEST. I try to be a careful consumer after all. At least it's been a long time since I have eaten yogurt. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK. Let the people CHOOSE !

If you ride a motorcycle, which I don't riders can choose to eat bugs if they don't wear a face shield right? That is a choice. Or the folks who live for the bugs to rise from a lake in Africa If I remember correctly to make burgers out of them. I want a choice. What about YOU?

While I was aware many people choose to eat bugs everyday that color there lipsticks RED, I didn't expect to find it added as an ingredient in food. I have heard rumors that a certain amount is allowed in during food production. Yuck. But to deliberately add it into foods, hidden away, kind of like a hidden ingredient. Super YUCK.

I am copying the article which reports that it is being added to some yogurts on the markets. One I used to eat.

Op-Ed: Tell Dannon to Choose Berries Over Bugs

Should berry-flavored yogurts be dyed red with crushed-up insects?
July 24, 2013
Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.
is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Dannon carmine insects

The insect-derived dye carmine colors Dannon's berry-flavored yogurts. (Photo: daniel.julia/Flickr)

A couple of months ago, a report from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization invited the prospect of insects being a bigger part of our diets in the future. High in protein and healthy fats, and easier on the environment than heftier animals like cows, pigs, and chickens, insects are rumored to have a somewhat nutty flavor. Will Kellogg’s be marketing Cicada Crunchies anytime soon? Will crickets, a.k.a. “land shrimp,” start showing up on restaurant menus? I doubt it. But if you like Dannon’s Fruit on the Bottom yogurt, keep reading: You may be surprised to learn that insects are already making a small contribution to the American diet.

The ingredient in question is carmine. It’s a red dye extracted from the dried, pulverized bodies of the cochineal insect—an unphotogenic arthropod native to Mexico and South America with a fondness for cactus. Dannon uses carmine in four flavors of Fruit on the Bottom yogurt: strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and boysenberry, and in the strawberry version of its Oikos Greek yogurt. It also shows up in various varieties of berry-flavored Activia and Light and Fit Greek yogurts. Carmine’s presence is totally deceptive, since consumers rightly expect that those yogurts are colored by the advertised fruits—and not by an extract made from these six-legged critters.

For most consumers, carmine is safe to eat. But a small percentage of people who eat foods dyed with this particular insect extract will have allergic reactions, ranging from a mild case of hives to a dangerous anaphylactic-type reaction.

While some people may choose to eat insects, carmine may be objectionable to vegetarians, Jews who choose to keep Kosher, or others who are just plain averse to the idea of eating bugs. Dannon should treat those consumers with respect. It could at the very least identify carmine as “insect based” on ingredients lists. But when carmine is serving a solely cosmetic purpose, why would Dannon risk offending anyone by using it in the first place?

We want Dannon to put berries over bugs. With our friends at, we are collecting signatures on a petition asking Dannon’s parent company, the French dairy conglomerate Groupe Danone, to eliminate carmine in favor of safer, non-allergenic plant-based colorings. (The company already uses some of these, such as elderberry juice concentrate, purple carrot juice, and turmeric in some of the same yogurts.) But heck, the red or pink color in Fruit on the Bottom really should come from the fruit pictured on the label!

Tell Groupe Danone CEO Franck Riboud that when you buy Fruit on the Bottom yogurt, you want fruit, and not fruit mixed with a little bug extract.



I think I will choose the apple.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TOKIEMOON 8/9/2013 1:48AM

    OMG! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/8/2013 9:43AM

    I've known about carmine for years and even seen products called "bug juice" (squishy jel-like fruity super-sweet drink targeting young boys) contain carmine. I hadn't noticed Dannon was adding it as an ingredient! Just have to keep reading and re-reading labels! I remember when I first was checking out Dannon fruit on the bottom years ago, Dannon was a good choice because it did not have gelatin (since one never knows if it is bovine or porcine gelatin, I try to avoid it.). Cherries and Berries are the types of flavors I usually get. Actually I get more plain yogurt than any other type - then I can add my own Stevia sweeteners as well as whatever fruits or nuts I want.

You might want to get "A Consumer's Guide To Food Additives" by Ruth Winters - she updates the book periodically - I have two different editions, about 15-20 years apart. It's amazing the amount of junk that is allowed in foods!! (Oops - it's "dictionary" not "guide" - whatever! Here is a link on Amazon, will need to copy this and paste, since there isn't a link generator here in blog comments
609803662/ref=redir_mdp_mobile )


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DIETER27 7/30/2013 2:00PM

  Oh my ........

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CAKEMAKERMOM 7/29/2013 10:50PM

    I'd rather eat a bug than petroleum any day. My food choices are narrowing every day though. We're used to processed brightly colored foods because the more diverse the colors of food we eat, the healthier we're supposed to be and the people that know we're tricked by that many colors in our products. There was an M&M study where, at a college, they put out brown m&m's in one bowl and multi-colored ones in a second bowl and a sign saying "free take some", the colored ones went fast and the brown ones were still half full at that point.

If you think bugs are gross, you should watch Vegucated, that should gross you out sufficiently to not want to eat for a week.

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KAREN608 7/29/2013 9:43PM

    I think Jello is made from animal bones or something.
Good blog. but I was almost heaving reading some of it.
Bugs, ugh!

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JITZUROE 7/29/2013 2:30PM

    I loved this!
If course, I have to admit that my initial thought when I saw the title was of Goldie Hawn in Overboard! Hahaha!

Good blog...gross and so good...

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BRENDA_G50 7/29/2013 1:05PM

    It's a proven fact that everything you eat, drink, or do is going to kill you at some point in time. I just don't like the idea of eating things in my food that I did not choose to put there in the first place. emoticon

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    I ate a lot of bugs when I used to ride horses emoticon
Thanks for blogging!

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AEROBISAURUS 7/29/2013 9:38AM

    We need to take the power back. I'm living for the day I can have my own fully operating family farm.

GMO - has got to go!!

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MSKRIS7 7/29/2013 7:33AM


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MAMISHELI53 7/29/2013 7:18AM

    I'd been made aware some years ago of the use of crushed bugs to add color. And I know insect bits sometimes end up in food. And some cultures eat them on PURPOSE. But you're right - it's preferable to have a CHOICE in the matter.
Let the consumer beware! (I think of Homer Simpson, after the guy cleaned the hot dog grill, "Now all I can taste is the hog anus!" )

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/29/2013 6:33AM

    very interesting. sounds like i need to pay more attention to what goes into food

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LIVELAUFLUV 7/29/2013 5:26AM

    ick! Thanks for the info!

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SUSIEPH1 7/29/2013 2:31AM

    emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/29/2013 12:41AM

    YUMMMMM How many foods we eat would we avoid if we knew some of this stuff?

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SONYALATRECE 7/29/2013 12:37AM

    Not gonna let it bug me too much!

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JANIEWWJD 7/29/2013 12:30AM

    Yuck!!!!! emoticon

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    Ew creepy! emoticon


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ARTJAC 7/28/2013 11:50PM


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DJ4HEALTH 7/28/2013 11:31PM

    That is why I make my own smoothies and use plain yogurt and put my fruit in. I also stopped wearing lipstick because of the bugs

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/28/2013 10:09PM

    I knew about the hot dogs. I will only eat one off the grill, outside burned to a crisp.
Jellybeans & Skittles contain crushed insect cocoons to give them that special shine. I did not know about that. Occasionally, I'll eat jellybeans. But not anymore.
Crushed-up insects in Dannon berry-flavored yogurts. Just plain disgusting. I'm glad I don't eat yogurt anymore.
FDA finally admitted chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic. A real sin.
Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority NOTICE. The duck feces in your drinking water adds to the essential vitamins your body needs. Highland Park Reservoir
Is this for real? Obviously it is, because the sign is clearly seen in your picture.
I might try to do some investigating on that with the Pittsburgh W&S Authority.
Why would any person in their right mind think that drinking any kind of feces adds to the essential vitamins your body needs?
I want any kind of bug additives to be labeled clearly on the ingredient list of products. And I want the type to be larger.
Anything with chemicals such as Arsenic should also be cleared labeled in BOLD large type.
This is purely disgusting to the point of I don't know what to eat anymore!
Thank you for the information.
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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/28/2013 10:06PM

    Cochineal has been used as red food dyes for CENTURIES. There is nothing harmful about eating them. It sounds gross to Americans because we're one of the few countries in the world who don't eat insects for nutrition. Bugs and insects are an incredible source of protein and nutrients for diets around the globe. People eat ants, worms, grasshoppers, even spiders. Eating insects could save millions of starving people in the US and around the world, but because we've been taught out whole lives that eating bugs is gross we believe it will somehow hurt us. But think about this: animals, insects, and rodents pee and poop on all fruits and veggies we eat, and even washing them thoroughly will not get it all off.

Snails, octopi, fish eggs, beetles, catipillars, and even dogs are delicacies in other countries. Yes, SOME COUNTRIES EAT DOG AND HORSE MEAT! Other cultures have no problem eating these things and IT NEVER HURTS ANYONE (except the organism they're eating of course). Is it right?

Consider the fake, man-made fiber that's being thrown into most foods on the market today. Products like inulin and chicory root can actually cause severe intestinal distress - even death - in some people, but the FDA is not stepping up to help regulate its use or even to make companies tell consumers that soaking some items like roots in water, then removing the water to form 'crisps' could be causing serious harm to their bodies. These things have caused me serious harm in the past. Yet people want to believe that Clif bars and Luna bars are so healthy and safe. "Natural" is a lie.

Now consider the current Greek yogurt fad. The production of this type of yogurt creates wastes that are extremely toxic when dumped haphazardly, but can make huge profits if used in a sensible and 'green' way. But because it can take millions to set up these alternate forms of disposal, companies are destroying waterways and lands because the law has not yet caught up to the fad.

So tell me, you're all upset that you ate a harmless piece of a bug that you've probably eaten thousands of times without any negative consequences when there are serious health and environmental toxins being thrown into our world? You're complaining about ingesting a small piece of something that could save MILLIONS of lives because it seems gross? I'm sorry, but that just seems ridiculous in my book.

Comment edited on: 7/28/2013 10:07:13 PM

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JIBBIE49 7/28/2013 8:40PM

    My father worked as a butcher doing the winter and farmed in the summer, and he always laughed about people loving hot dogs and lunch meat and would say "Oh, everything goes into that except the Oink."
The bugs in cereal are just protein, so I don't think they will bother us. When my father would harvest wheat or soybeans, there would be bugs in the wagon load of grain. They try to "shake" them out, but they don't get all of them.

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ACIMPEGGY 7/28/2013 8:18PM

    Well, there are standards to what manufacturers must list on their labels. I had no idea, though. I'm sure they are safe to eat. At least the ones made in the US. I trust the FDA. I think...


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FLMOMX2 7/28/2013 7:39PM

    Oh my

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SEAJESS 7/28/2013 7:00PM

    Fight, fight, fight for food labeling laws! Including specifics about GMOs. Write your representatives 'cause the scale is heavily tipped toward food producers. Thanks for posting.

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SPARKLE1908 7/28/2013 6:43PM

    Thanks for sharing...

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PHOENIX1949 7/28/2013 5:38PM


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PATRICIAAK 7/28/2013 4:38PM

    Another example of if it saves processors money, the FDA often OK's it. As close to nature is what I try to chose.

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KNYAGENYA 7/28/2013 3:58PM


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ALEXSGIRL1 7/28/2013 3:37PM

    thanks for the info

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CINDHOLM 7/28/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon YUCK!!

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JTREMBATH 7/28/2013 2:47PM

    Yuck I would hate to do that

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LETHA_ 7/28/2013 2:46PM

    Now that's just not right....

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JLPEASE 7/28/2013 2:30PM

    Yuck. I had no idea!!
Thanks for the post!

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MERRYMARY42 7/28/2013 2:27PM

    Thanks for sharing (I THINK) emoticon I know this about hot dogs, and a couple times a year, I just gotta have one, anyway, tasty

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GODZDESIGN95 7/28/2013 2:18PM

    I saw that thank about yogurt on tv. We all gonna die!

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BMCOLLEY 7/28/2013 2:13PM

    ugggghhhhhhh! We do need to know this so we can make informed choices. Thank you for sharing.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/28/2013 2:08PM

    wow, yuk!

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STAV44 7/28/2013 1:43PM


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JACKIE542 7/28/2013 1:08PM

    Yikes, thank you for this blog! emoticon

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BOLEBRON 7/28/2013 12:43PM

    We probably had eaten a lot of disgusting and nasty things without knowing it. Some cultures eat insects and they like them so it is a matter of getting use to it.

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MZZCHIEF 7/28/2013 11:45AM

    I don't mind eating bugs if they taste good.
Crabs, lobster, crayfish, shrimp are all part of the Arthropod family to which insects belong and I relish eating these critters.

That said, I don't like them living and defecating in my food!

Good article, thanks!

: )

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KIPPER15 7/28/2013 11:29AM

    Ugh, I was going to buy yogurt today. I will wait and do some research first. Thanks. emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 7/28/2013 11:21AM

    That is just gross.

Thanks for sharing, very interesting article.

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NANNABLACK 7/28/2013 10:59AM

    Thank you!!

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MELIS_24 7/28/2013 10:56AM

    Yuck! So many crappy things are in the foods we eat (or no longer eat) and we don't even know it. Thanks for sharing.

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TWEETYKC00 7/28/2013 10:53AM

    I am careful about what I eat that is processed as many companies anymore do things like this. I like to have an idea as to what I am eating.

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LADYIRISH317 7/28/2013 10:52AM

    Ewww!!! I'm sticking to Fage yogurt. They don't use garbage like that. Dannon and anything cheaper have been off my shopping list for a long time.

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    I add my own fruit to my yogurt myself because I don't like additives. If the fruit isn't already sweet, I add a tiny bit of honey. Those fruit-adds already in there look and taste like jelly to me. Try some sliced mango combined with blueberry. One small squeeze of honey or maple syrup. This week I had some red currants and I added those with the mango. I will send the message and send the message that corporations understand best: vote with your dollars. Thanks for the information.

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