Thursday, December 09, 2010

NYC bees turn red from cherry juice

A bunch of Brooklyn bees have been coming home looking flushed. New York City beekeeper Cerise (seh-REEZ') Mayo was puzzled when her bees started showing up with mysterious red coloring. Their honey also turned as red as cough syrup. She tells The New York Times a friend joked that the bees were imbiding on the runoff at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Mayo -- whose first name means "cherry" in French -- raises bees in that neighborhood and across the water on Governor's Island. Tests confirmed the bees were riddled with Red Dye No. 40 -- the same food coloring found in the cherry juice...more

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