An expensive red colouring, not suitable
for vegetarians as it is extracted from the crushed carcasses
of the female Dactylopius coccus, a cactus-feeding scale insect,
which are killed by either immersion in hot water or by exposure
to sunlight, steam, or the heat of an oven. The variety in the
appearance of commercial cochineal is caused by these differing
The water soluble form is used in alcoholic drinks with calcium
carmine, the insoluble form, being used in a wider variety of
products. Together with ammonium carmine they can be found in
alcoholic drinks, bakery products and toppings, biscuits, desserts,
drinks, icings, pie fillings, some varieties of cheddar cheese,
sauces and sweets.
May cause allergic reactions
Not recommended for consumption by children.
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