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Cochineal Extract

Color Magenta - pink -red
Source Dried Female Cochineal Insect
Solubility Water, Mineral Acids, ether, alkali,
Insoluble in Oils and Fats, alcohol, organic Solvents.
Type Lake pigment
Stability Stable in Heat and Light
pH 5.0 to 5.5 at 25°
Storage Cool Dark Place
Applications Fruits, yogurts, processed food, cosmetics.

It is the raw form of carmine when freshly extracted from the cochineal extract. The color additive cochineal extract is the concentrated solution obtained after removing the alcohol from an aqueous-alcoholic extract of cochineal (Dactylopius coccus costa). Cochineal extract may be safely used for coloring foods generally in amounts consistent with good manufacturing practice.

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