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Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), an insect that feeds on cacti, is prized for the brilliant red color it produces when crushed. The dye, also known as carmine, is used as food coloring and in makeup.

Pink or red foods that may contain cochineal or carmine include:

  • Yogurts and smoothies
  • Red velvet cake
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit juice