New Delhi: Are you in love with that vibrantly pink Strawberry Frappuccinos by the coffee chain giant Starbucks?
If yes, then, here is an alert for you.
In a recent statement, the company has revealed that they use cochineal extract, which is the ground-up bodies of insects, as a dye for the popular rose-coloured beverage.
According to reports, these bugs are mainly from Mexico and South America.
They are dried out before being grounded and used in the milky-based Frappuccino drink.
It has been deemed safe by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration.
However, The World Health Organisation has found that cochineal extract may cause asthma in some people. Others may see an allergic reaction.
Experts claim that cochineal extract has been used as a colouring agent in food and drinks for centuries.