Alias: Apricot Red, Edible Orange No. 8, E 161g
Canthaxanthin is a carotene pigment with an orange color. It is naturally found in a variety of foods and can also be artificially synthesized. It is mostly used as an animal feed additive to make the color of egg yolk and poultry more vivid. It is mainly used as an orange coloring agent when used in food additives and is also an antioxidant.
1. Feed addition
Canthaxanthin (Food Additive International Code: INS161g) is mainly used as an animal feed additive to make the color of egg yolk and poultry more vivid and the color of salmon more ruddy.
2. Food coloring
As a coloring agent canthaxanthin can also be used in foods such as jams, candies, syrups, sauces, and carbon dioxide-containing beverages. However, canthaxanthin is more commonly used in animal feed rather than as a food colorant.
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