Carthamus Yellow

Carthamus Yellow

Carthamus Yellow is a natural food pigment extracted from the petal of Carthamus Tinctoria L. by the process of extracting, filtrating, purifying, concentrating, sterilizing, spraying & drying. The main coloring ingredient is carthamine.


The appearance of Carthamus Yellow is yellow or brown yellow powder. It can easily dissolve in water and ethanol solution, but not in ether, petroleum ether, oil, and acetone. It is an excellent coloring agent for starch, but slightly coloring for protein. Ferric ion can make it becomes black. It has good resistance to light and high temperature

Quality Standard

ItemsHouse Standard
AppearanceYellow or Brown Yellow Powder
Color Value E(1%、1cm、405±5nm)50~200
Loss on Drying   %  Less than10
Ash   %  Less than4
Lead(as Pb) mg/kg  Less than5
Arsenic(as As) mg/kg  Less than1
AerobicPlate Count  cfu/g  Less than1,000
Pathogenic BacteriaNegative

Applications and Usage Instruction (in compliance with GB2760:Hygienic standards for uses of food additives)

Carthamus Yellow can be widely used in instant rice & flour products, soda pop, fruit-flavored beverages, beverages of fruit and vegetable juice (pulp), decorative fruits and vegetables, frozen drinks (edible ice excluded), candy, topping, preserved fruits, jelly, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned eight precious porridges, imitation wine, fillings for cereal foods, salted and cured meat products,  condiments, puffed food.

When using Carthamus Yellow, dissolve the color with a small amount of water first, and then mix the color solution with food materials.

Usage Reference(in compliance with GB2760:Hygienic standards for uses of food additives)

For instant rice and flour products, the maximum usage limit is 0.5g/kg. The maximum usage limit for other products is 0.2g/kg.


The powder is packed in a corrugated box, carton, or plastic drum with inner double plastic bags, net weight is 10kg or 20kg for each container. The liquid is packed with a plastic drum, net weight is 20kg. Package standards are also available according to consumer demand.


Sealed, avoid light, and store in a cool and dry place.

Shelf Life

If the storage condition is as mentioned above, the powder is two years from the production date. Once opened, should seal up again and use within six months.

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