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 extraction methods.
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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