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According to the announcement, the FDA rejected a petition submitted in 1998 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest requesting the labeling of cochineal extract and carmine be of "animal (insect) origin" because the cochineal dye is made from the dried and ground female bodies of beetles (Coccus cacti). The FDA concluded the proposed labeling requirement would provide sensitized consumers sufficient information to avoid products containing these color additives. FEMA will submit comments to the FDA in support of its position. Members are encouraged to read the proposed rule and share any thoughts or concerns with FEMA.