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Starbucks Is Going to Stop Using Bug Food Dye, Okay?

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Congratulations, fit-throwing vegans, Starbucks is going to quit using cochineal extract AKA powdered beetles to color their food. That's the good news. The bad news is that it was in a lot more stuff than just the Strawberry Frappuccinos everyone was complaining about: it's also in their Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Raspberry Swirl Cake, Birthday Cake Pop, Mini Donut with pink icing, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.

Anyway, it's going to take a little while to get it out of all that, so they're thinking it'll be totally gone by the end of June. It will be replaced with lycopene, which comes from tomatoes. So hooray, tomato frappucinos for everyone? You win this time, vegans.

· Cochineal Extract Update [Starbucks]
· All Starbucks Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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