PANAFERD-AX is a unique natural source of carotenoids used for the pigmentation of salmonids such as salmon and trout. The pigment is sourced from the microorganism, Paracoccus carotinifaciens, found in aquatic environments and at the start of the food chain.
The red pink flesh color in salmon comes from the various carotenoids it finds in its diet. Carotenoids are a vital micro-nutriment for these animals to sustain good health by acting as strong antioxidants in various biological reactions. Astaxanthin represents one of the main carotenoid pigments present in wild and farmed salmon. In Panaferd-AX, astaxanthin is present with the same chemical structure of that found in wild salmon and is distinguished from the synthetically pigmented farmed salmon which contains other isomers.
Most of all the Scottish salmon, either Label Rouge or premium labels like the ones from Hebridean Islands, have selected the Panaferd-AX natural color of as one of the benchmarks for their standards. Chefs and gourmets from all over the world approve this outstanding quality.
Countries with salmon organic standards ban synthetic pigments. Panaferd-AX is fully authorized in all organic salmon and trout standards currently in place in the European Union.
Through a natural fermentation process, the microorganism Paracoccus carotinifaciens develops and produces carotenoids which are then concentrated into a dried stable powder, free of additives and preservatives.