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Lucantin® CX 10% NXT (Citranaxanthin)

With BASF, delicious can be a color.

Our next generation of carotenoids is stabilized by propyl gallate (PG) and butylhydroxytoluene (BHT) or tocopherol. Extensive trials have shown that Lucantin® NXT products deliver high homogeneity, outstanding stability and long shelf life while maintaining egg yolk and broiler skin coloring efficacy. These carotenoid formulations meet the latest Regulation (EC) No 2017/962, which requires to withdraw EQ as a feed additive.  

Poultry cannot produce carotenoids on their own, which is why the color of egg yolks depends on the carotenoids combination in their diets. Dark red pigmentation can be achieved with Citranaxanthin, the active ingridient in Lucantin® CX 10% NXT. The required dosage depends on the xanthophyll content of the ration.

NOTE: Lucantin® CX forte will still be available outside the EU 28 market.

Key benefits of BASF NXT carotenoids

  • Exceptional performance
  • High homogeneity
  • Outstanding stability
  • Long shelf life

Role in animal nutrition

Citranaxantin is a red pigment used exclusively in poultry feeds to impart red color to egg yolks. In combination with yellow carotenoids, citrana­xanthin intensifies the pigmentation and imparts the desired golden­yellow color. Citranaxanthin has been applied in this field for many decades. In comparison with canthaxanthin, a constant action ratio of 1.5:1 is achieved over the entire range.
 

Why Lucantin® CX 10% NXT?

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With Lucantin® CX 10% NXT (citranaxanthin) any egg yolk color of darker pigment is possible. But not only hue is important, color intensity counts, too. The human eye merges both attributes to one color impression, and the perfect pigmentation will always have to score on both levels. 

Dosage recommendations

Lucantin® CX forte dosage recommendations for layer feeds (based on BASF Ovocolor scale, 2001)

Content of natural yellow coloring carotenoids (ppm) Supplements of Lucantin® dry powder in g/t of feed for an intended color scale value of:
  6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
0-2 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
2-4 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
4-6 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
6-8 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
8-10 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
10-12 - - 8 15 23 38 53 75 90 105
12-16 - - - 8 23 38 53 75 90 105
16+ - - - 8 15 38 53 75 90 105

Disclaimer: National regulations may vary and need to be considered prior to product use.

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