Canthaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment widely distributed in nature.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Colour - Adds or restores the colour of a food

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Canthaxanthin
European Union
Approved
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Philippines
Approved Canthaxanthin
Japan
Unknown None
Austria
Approved
Belgium
Approved
Bulgaria
Approved
Cyprus
Approved
Czech Republic
Approved
Denmark
Approved
Estonia
Approved
Finland
Approved
France
Approved
Germany
Approved
Greece
Approved
Hungary
Approved
Ireland
Approved
Italy
Approved
Latvia
Approved
Lithuania
Approved
Luxembourg
Approved
Malta
Approved
Netherlands
Approved
Poland
Approved
Portugal
Approved
Romania
Approved
Slovakia
Approved
Slovenia
Approved
Spain
Approved
Sweden
Approved
United Kingdom
Approved
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Derived from animal products - yes

E161g - Canthaxanthin: Canthaxanthin is not found in wild Atlantic Salmon, but is a minor carotenoid in Pacific Salmon. Canthaxanthin is used in farm-raised trout. Canthaxanthin is used in combination with astaxanthin for some salmon feeds.

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Derived from animal products - maybe

E161g - Canthaxanthin: E Numbers possibly containing animal products/derivatives: (unfortunately it is not generally stated as to whether these additives are synthesised or derived from animal products, but it is fair to assume that in some cases they contain animal products).

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Derived from plant products - maybe

E161g - Canthaxanthin: Be aware that although Canthaxanthin is usually derived from plant material, it can sometimes be made from fish and invertebrates with hard shells.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Halal - no

E161g - Canthaxanthin: Color Canthaxanthin is a carotene pigment of plants. Its Halal status is depend upon extracting chemicals and solvents used in its liquid form.

Muslim Consumer Group

CI (1975) No. 40850
CI Food Orange 8
Canthaxanthin
Carophyll red
All-trans,beta- carotene-4,4'-dione

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 514-78-3
  • EINECS Number: 208-187-2
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