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Annatto Extract

Specification for Annatto Extract > 1.5% Bixin
  • Description

  • Yellow to orange yellow liquid or paste with a slight characteristic aroma.

  • Identification

  • By UV

  • Moisture Content :

  • NMT 2%

  • Bulk Density :

  • 0.4 – 0.7gm/ml

  • Specific Gravity :

  • 0.90 – 0.93

  • Heavy Metals :

  • NMT 20 PPM

  • Lead :

  • NMT 3.0 PPM

  • Cadmium :

  • NMT 1.0 PPM

  • Arsenic :

  • NMT 1.0 PPM

  • Mercury :

  • NMT 0.1 PPM

  • Microbiological Analysis :

  • Total viable count NMT 3000 cfu/g
    Total fungal count NMT 100 cfu/g

  • Enterobacteriaceae :

  • Absent

  • E. coli :

  • Absent

  • Staph. aureus :

  • Absent

  • Salmonella sp :

  • Absent

  • Pseudomonas sp:

  • Absent

  • Method of Analysis

  • UV Spectrophotometric

General Information
  • Local Name :

  • Annatto, Lipstick tree, ‘rocou’ in French, ‘achiote’ in Spanish and ‘orlean’ in German

  • Part Used :

  • Seeds

  • Active Principle :

  • Bixin, norbixin

Health Benefits
  • Widest commercial use is as a natural food coloring made from the seed's coating. Many orange or yellow manufactured foods are colored with Annatto.

  • Annatto paste is also used as a natural dye for cloth and wool and is sometimes employed in the paint, varnish, lacquer, cosmetic, and soap industries.

  • Also known to be used as an antioxidant, hepatoprotective (liver protector), hyperglycemic;

  • Used as expectorant, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), insect repellant, wound healer in tribal medicines.

Properties
  • Yellow to orange yellow liquid or paste with a slight characteristic aroma.

  • Yellow to orange yellow liquid or paste with a slight characteristic aroma.

  • Fades in strong or direct light; Stable in Alkaline medium. Degrades in acids; Degrades by oxidation; Resistant to microbial attack.