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The use of Carmine/ Cochineal dates back to the early 1400’s and is extracted from Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) and soon became an important export for multiple countries. Today, Carmine/Cochineal are used in foods and beverages around the world. It is one of the most stable colours in the marketplace and depending on pH, hues can range from orange, to red to purple. Carmine/Cochineal is used as a food dye in many different products such as juices, ice cream, yogurt, and candy, and as a dye in cosmetic products such as eye shadow and lipstick.
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