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A red carotenoid pigment, C40H52O2, produced by certain microorganisms and found in some mushrooms, crustaceans, and fish. It is used in animal feed to impart color and as a dietary supplement for its antioxidant properties.

[From New Latin Cantharellus, genus name of the chanterelle, from which the pigment was first extracted (from New Latin cantharellus, diminutive of Latin cantharus, cup; see chanterelle) + xanth(o)- + -in.]


an orange carotenoid, C40H52O2, that is put in feed for poultry and feed for farmed salmon and trout
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In nature, canthaxanthin ([section]-carotene-4,4'dione) and astaxanthin (3, 3'- dihydroxy-a, _-carotene- 4,4'dione) are naturally occurring carotenoids found in lobster carapaces, krill, shrimp shells, flamingo feathers, and red algae.
He once appeared at a scout meeting with a bright orange face caused by an overdose of canthaxanthin, which he was taking to test methods of artificial tanning.
a Soft-shelled crab shells contained 2.66% canthaxanthin. Shrimp shells contained 14.7 mg xanthophylls/100 g and soft- and hard-shelled crab shells contained 11.9-13.9 mg xanthophylls/100 g dried matters.
2[*] Colors Exempt from Certification Annatto extract B-Apo-8'-carotenal[*] Beta-carotene Beet powder Canthaxanthin Caramel color Carrot oil Cochineal extract (carmine) Cottonseed flour, toasted partially defatted, cooked Ferrous gluconate[*] Fruit juice Grape color extract[*] Grope skin extract[*] (enocianina) Paprika Paprika oleoresin Riboflavin Saffron Titanium dioxide[*] Turmeric Turmeric oleoresin Vegetable juice [*]Then food cob additives are restricted to specified uses.
Although the FDA has approved canthaxanthin for use as a food colorant, the administration has not approved the substance as a tanning agent.
They contain canthaxanthin, a chemical related to beta carotene.
In recent years, a few carotenoids -- most notably beta-carotene and canthaxanthin -- have gained renown for their apparent role in limiting the development of certain cancers.
The market is segmented on the basis of source (natural, synthetic), product (beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin and canthaxanthin), application (food, supplements, feed, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics) and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa)
Trace values (<3 [micro]g [g.sup.-1]) of zeaxanthin and canthaxanthin were detected in the hepatopancreas of wild shrimp, as well fucoxanthin (0.12 [micro]g [g.sup.-1]) and zeaxanthin (0.10 [micro]g [g.sup.-1]) in the hepatopancreas of shrimp reared under hyper-intensive conditions.
The market is segmented as follows: Carotenoids Market by Type Beta-Carotene Astaxanthin Zeaxanthin Canthaxanthin Lycopene Lutein Carotenoids Market by End Use Food Aquaculture Feed Poultry Feed Pet Food Dietary Supplements Pharmaceuticals Cosmetics Carotenoids Market by Source Fruits & Vegetables Algae & Fungi Synthetic Carotenoids Market by Region North America U.S.
[ClickPress, Wed Nov 28 2018] Canthaxanthin Market : An Overview Canthaxanthin is a colour or dye similar to the pigment that makes carrots orange.