canthaxanthin

CAS No. 514-78-3

Formula: C40H52O2
Basic Info

Canthaxanthin is a keto-carotenoid pigment widely distributed in nature. Carotenoids belong to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenoids. The chemical formula of canthaxanthin is C40H52O2. It was first isolated in edible mushrooms. It has also been found in green algae, bacteria, crustaceans, and bioaccumulates in fish such as carp, golden mullet, seabream and trush wrasse.
Canthaxanthin is associated with E number E161g and is approved for use as a food coloring agent in different countries, including the United States and the EU; however, it is not approved for use in Australia and New Zealand. It is generally authorized for feed applications in at least the following countries: USA, Canada, EU. In the EU, canthaxanthin is allowed by law to be added to trout feed, salmon feed and poultry feed. The European Union limit is 80mg/kg of feedstuffs, 8mg/kg in feed for egg laying hens and 25mg/kg in feed for other poultry and salmonids.
Canthaxanthin is a potent lipid-soluble antioxidant. The biological functions of canthaxanthin are related, at least in part, to its ability to function as an antioxidant (free radical scavenging/vitamin E sparing) in animal tissues.

Formula
C40H52O2
Molecular Weight
564.84
Exact Mass
564.397
LogP
10.9638
PSA
34.14
Synonyms

Canthaxanthin

all-trans-Canthaxanthin

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Properties
Appearance & Physical State
reddish vilet, free flowing beadlets
Density
1.003 g/cm3
Boiling Point
717ºC at 760 mmHg
Flash Point
253.9ºC
Refractive Index
1.575
Storage Condition
0-6ºC
Safety Info
RTECS
GA0875000
Safety Statements
45-36/37/39-28A-26
WGK Germany
3
Risk Statements
R25; R36/37/38
HS Code
3204199000
RIDADR
UN 2811 6.1/PG 2
Hazard Class
6.1
Packing Group
II
Spectrum
NMR Spectrum Predict 1H proton NMR
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Synthesis Route
Downstream Product

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