Quick, check your refrigerator and look for the following ingredients: “carmine” or “cochineal”. If you see those listed, you’ve got crushed bugs in your food.
It seems that those are the two names the FDA asks manufacturers put on their labels when including bugs in their products. But apparently they aren’t required to do so.
You might also want to check the products you don’t eat too. According to CNN the ingredients can be found in lots of other products:
“Carmine puts the red in ice cream, strawberry milk, fake crab and lobster, fruit cocktail cherries, port wine cheese, lumpfish eggs and liqueurs like Campari, according to the FDA. Carmine is also used in lipstick, makeup base, eye shadow, eyeliners, nail polishes and baby products, the agency said. Meanwhile, cochineal extract shows up in fruit drinks, candy, yogurt and some processed foods.”
How’s that for a crappy Monday surprise?