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Could I be allergic to carmine?

Clifford W. Bassett, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Carmine (a red food coloring made from beetles) has been used as a coloring agent in many foods from yogurt, ice cream, juices, candies, and even in cosmetics. University of Michigan allergist Dr. James L. Baldwin reported a number of patients with an apparent life-threatening allergic reaction to the insect-based food coloring. Cases of asthma and hives and even anaphylactic shock have been described.

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