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Three random things I learned, or remembered, today

Carmine allergy



Carmine is a beautiful shade of red and as well as an art pigment is frequently added as a dye to foods and cosmetics. It is obtained from the cochineal insect.

In Europe this dye is regulated under the food additives directive and is known as Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines and Natural
Red 4 or as additive E 120.

An individual may develop allergy to carmine because of sensitivity to the protein residues from the cochineal insect present in the dye.



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