People Eating Bugs & Food w/ Insects, Nutrition by Natalie
Red food coloring is often made of Carmine dye which comes from the cochineal bug.
Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products such as juice, ice cream, yogurt, and candies, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.