Carotenoids: The Advantages of Kemin’s Natural Poultry Pigment Products
Consistent Egg Pigmentation and Health Benefits of Kemin’s Carotenoids
In poultry, skin, egg colour and appearance as well as consistency play a central role in the judging quality and marketability of the products. Oxycarotenoids are responsible for the pigmentation of egg yolks and skin as well as of legs, beak, combs and feathers and as poultry cannot produce these pigments, they must be consumed from the birds’ feed.
For more than 20 years, Kemin has been providing high-quality and safe carotenoid products to the poultry industry.
The use of natural pigments has increased due to consumer concerns. ORO GLO™ 20, a Marigold extract, and Kem GLO™ 5, a paprika extract, are natural pigments. Paprika (Capsicum annuum) contains red pigments whereas Marigolds are plants that are commonly used in yolk pigmentation and contains yellow carotenoids. Xanthophyll carotenoids in egg yolks are comprised of lutein and zeaxanthin, and Marigolds are one of the most concentrated sources of lutein (80% to 90% lutein).