I stopped buying and using red food coloring 20+ years ago when I became a vegetarian. I also stopped eating Jell-o and marshmallows after I found out what the ingredients were.
Origins: Sometimes the most Jell-O innocuous of foodstuffs contain constituents whose origins are less than appetizing. Such is the case with JELL-O, a dessert that has graced millions of dinner tables since its 1897 debut.
Underneath JELL-O's jiggly wholesomeness lurks a secret many consumers are disconcerted to learn: JELL-O is made from gelatin, an animal product rendered from the hides and bones of animals.
The production of gelatin starts with the boiling of bones, skins, and hides of cows and pigs, a process that releases the protein-rich collagen from animal tissues. The collagen is boiled and filtered numerous times, dried, and ground to a powder. Because the collagen is processed extensively, the final product is not categorized as a meat or animal product by the federal government. Very strict vegetarians avoid gelatin entirely, but more permissive vegetarians have no problem including JELL-O in their diets.
JELL-O products account for about 80 percent of the gelatin market.
BARF BAG TIME!!!!
Edited by: BARBBF at: 4/24/2012 (17:10)