F.D.A. to require listing cochineal extract and carmine

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will begin requiring the declaration by name of cochineal extract and carmine on the labels of all food and cosmetic products containing the color additives, effective Jan. 5, 2011, according to a Jan. 5, 2009, notice in the Federal Register.

Previously, companies could list cochineal extract and carmine, both extracted from insects, as "artificial color" or "artificial color added" on labels. The rule change responds to reports of allergic reactions to foods and cosmetics containing cochineal extract and carmine. The rule change thus will allow consumers who are allergic to cochineal extract and carmine to avoid products with cochineal extract and carmine in them.

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