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Friday 16 Apr 2010: Red food dye made from scale insects
Carmine (also known as Natural Red 4 or E120) is a bright red pigment widely used as a food dye and a dye in cosmetics. Its main source are cochineal, scale insects (schildluizen in Dutch) who live on cacti native to South America and Mexico, but they are nowadays also farmed in Spain, the Canary Islands and Australia.

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