Not a clean label ingredient


Also known as: Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A, Brilliant Scarlet, New Coccine, SX Purple

Carmine is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid. It is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale and certain Porphyrophora species.

Note: The FDA considers carmine “a coloring of natural sources” and is therefore exempt from FDA color certification. Also, since this colorant is derived from an animal source, it is problematic to vegetarians/vegans, and within certain religions.

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