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IUPACName= 2,4,4-Trimethyl- 3- [(1"E",3"E",5"E",7"E",9"E",11"E",13"E",15"E",17"E")- 3,7,12,16-tetramethyl-18-(2,6,6-trimethyl-3-oxo- 1-cyclohexenyl)octadeca-1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17- nonaenyl] -1-cyclohex-2-enone
OtherNames=Cantaxanthin, Cantaxanthine, Canthaxanthine, Orobronze, Carophyll Red, Roxanthin Red 10, L-Orange 7, C.I. Food Orange 8, β,β-Carotene-4,4'-dione, E161g
MeltingPt=217 °C (decomposition)
Canthaxanthin is a
carotenoidpigment widely distributed in nature. Carotenoids belong to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenoids. The chemical formula of canthaxanthin is C40H52O2. [http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scan/out81_en.pdf#search=%22Canthaxanthin%22 Opinion on the use of canthaxanthin in feedingstuffs for salmon ...] ] It has E numberE161g.
United Kingdom, canthaxanthin is allowed by law to be added to poultry feed, some sausages mainly exported to France, and troutand salmon feed. [ [http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/webpage/canthaxanthin_qanda/ Canthaxanthin - your questions answered] - June 13, 2002] In addition, the European Unionhas set the limit at 80 mg/kg of foodstuffing.
Presence in fish
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 astaxanthinfor some salmon feeds.
Use in tanning pills
FDA has no "tanning pills" approved for sale in the United States. In spite of this, there are companies that continue to market such products, some of which contain canthaxanthin. The FDA considers such items "adulterated cosmetics" and as a result sent "Warning Letters" to the firms citing such products as containing "a color additive that is unsafe within the meaning of section 721(a) of the FD&C Act (FD&C Act, sec. 601(e))." [ [http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/coscanth.html Warning Letters Cite Cosmetics as Adulterated Due to Violative Use of the Color Additive Canthaxanthin] ]
According to the FDA::
Tanning pills have been associated with health problems, including an eye disorder called "canthaxanthin" retinopathy, which is the formation of yellow deposits on the eye's retina. "Canthaxanthin" has also been reported to cause liver injury and a severe itching condition called urticaria, according to the AAD. [From [http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/fdaandyou/issue03.html#4 "FDA & You"] "Issue #3 - Spring/Summer 2003 - Sun Safety: Protect the Skin You’re In!"]
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