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Starbucks to remove the red bug juice from its Frappuccinos

Starbucks Strawberries and Crème Frappuccinos will no longer contain the ground-up bodies of insects, and frapp-loving vegans everywhere have a crusading barista to thank. Back in March, vegans, along with everyone else who doesn’t like eating bugs, were shocked when the barista leaked the product’s ingredient list, which included a sauce made with cochineal extract (look it up). And while some argue that the dye is found in all kinds of products (like lipstick!), drinking bugs is unsettling to many, no matter how ubiquitous a product might be. Seizing the moment for a little bit of damage control, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz promised yesterday on CBS This Morning that the company would find a new way to give the drink its red hue (it starts at the 5:50 mark above). “We’re looking at everything,” Schultz said about potential alternatives to the dye. “We’re going to make the right decision.” (What a relief.) Oh, and he also talked about his plans to address America’s crippling unemployment or something. Read the entire story [CBS] »