Safflower red dye

LIOFLESH™, a plant-derived natural pigment, is widely used in food, cosmetics, and dyeing applications as a formulation for food additive coloring.
The main product, safflower red pigment, is a red pigment extracted from tubular flowers of the family safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius L.), and the main product is a flavonoid-based cartamine. The raw material safflower is mainly grown in China, India, etc., and is used in chocolate, Japanese confectionery, lipstick, etc.

Safflower red dye

Appearance and properties of products

  Red CR Red CRO-30 Red CRO-30-P-
Appearance and properties Red powder Red oil dispersible solid Red oil dispersible paste
Excipients, etc. Microcrystalline cellulose Tempering type
Using hard butter oil and fat
Use of fats and oils for filling



It gives a sharp red color in the scope of pH2.0-7.0, and is alkaline and orange.
It does not discolor due to protein (milk protein, etc.).
It is very stable against light, and can be used when heated and used in a short time at 75°C or below.


It is dispersed in water and fats and oils and dissolved in dilute alkaline carbonate, ethanol, and propylene glycol.


It is tasteless, odourless, and has no effect on food that is colored.

Influence of metal ions

The effect of metal ions is hardly affected. However, in Fe2+, Fe3+, the color tone tends to be somewhat black, so consideration should be given to the iron content.

Effects of drugs

When alkaline (caustic soda, ammonia, etc.), the color rapidly changes from red to orange. In acidity (acetic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, ascorbic acid) discoloration does not occur.

Main Applications and usage

Usage Red CR Red CRO-30 Red CRO-30-P-
Ice cream and chilled desserts 0.2 - 0.5% - 0.6 - 1.5%
Dairy products 0.2 - 0.3% -
Chocolate 0.6 - 1.5%
Buttercream -
Soft candies -
Sugar coating 0.5 - 3.0% - -
Noodles and Japanese sweets 0.2 - 1.0% - -
Tablet confectionery, tableted products 0.2 - 1.0% - -
Plastic colorants to Chocolate
Plastic colorants to Chocolate
Example of colorant in tablet confectionery
Example of colorant in tablet confectionery

Color comparison

Color comparison

Precautions for Use

Storage Method

Store in a cool, dark place not exposed to direct sunlight.
(Store at 20°C or below, except for red CR)

Examples of labeling on foods

Safflower red pigment, safflower pigment, flavonoid pigment, colorant (safflower red), and colorant (flavonoid)

Use standards and precautions

  • Product cannot be used for foods listed below.
  1. Tobacco, Meat, Beans, Vegetables, Wakame (excluding these processed foods)
  2. Fresh seafood (including whale meat), tea, and glue
  • Heat treatment should be performed at low temperature and sterilization should be performed in a short time.


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