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Is cochinilla vegan?

Cochinilla is a non-vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is cochinilla?

Cochinilla, also known as carmine, is a natural food coloring agent derived from the dried and pulverized bodies of female cochineal insects. These tiny insects are found on cacti in South America, Mexico, and some parts of the United States. The bright red pigment produced by cochinilla has been used for centuries to dye fabrics, paints, cosmetics, and food products. Cochinilla is commonly used in the food industry to add a vibrant red color to products such as candy, yogurt, and beverages. It is considered safe for consumption by most regulatory agencies worldwide.

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