Dried bug ingredient under review in Frappuccinos
In response to the controversy over Starbucks’ Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino containing crushed bugs, the company will likely reformulate the product.
Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz made a statement on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday, saying “We’re looking at (alternative ingredients). We’re going to make the right decision.”
Last week, claims that the drink contains insects were published on the website thisdishisvegetarian.com.
The company later confirmed their new strawberry flavoring contains “cochineal extract,” which is crushed up dried bugs that are used as dye.
The company, and the USDA, insists the drink is safe and that they use bugs to limit their use of artificial ingredients.
The ingredient has been used for ages to help liven up the dull hues of lipstick, jams, meats, cheese, baked goods, alcoholic drinks and more.