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E161g Canthaxanthin

Natural colour, present in many plants and birds. Commercially prepared from catharelles (mushroom) or flamingo feathers. However, it is mainly produced synthetically from carotene.

Function & characteristics:
Orange food colour. Slightly soluble in water.

Widely used, also in tanning pills.

Daily intake:
Up to 0.03 mg/kg bodyweight.

Side effects :
No side effects known for the use in foods. Eye problems are common side effects when used in tanning pills.

Dietary restrictions :
None, E161g can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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