November 20, 2009


New research backs CaroTech's poultry feed pigment
Press Release 

New research from CaroTech suggests that feeding lutein-rich Xamacol 40 can increase lutein content in eggs, which will benefit end-consumers.


A minimum of 6-10 mg per day of lutein may lead to improved eye health, in particular, by reducing the risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in humans.


The research showed that feeding quails with increased levels of Xamacol 40 led to linear increases in lutein in the egg yolk of up to 55mg/kg (R2= 0.981), confirming the potential benefits of feeding Xamacol 40 to laying flocks as a source of dietary lutein.


These test results are 95-percent technically similar to that of layer chickens. 


Commercial targets for the future would include the ''Designer Egg'' markets and others where the nutraceutical approach of functional or designer foods are at the forefront.


Xamacol 40 from Carotenoid Technologies S.A. (CaroTech) is traditionally used in chicken feed to provide the yellow colour of broiler chicken skin and hen eggs, which is seen more favourably by the consumer in many markets.

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