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Natural Food Color of Monascus Red

Basic Information

Product NO. JNTC03-01MR01
Appearance Purple Red Powder
Moisture (W/%) ≤6
Color Value ≥60
Maximum Absorption Wavelength 495nm
Citrinin (μg/Kg) ≤50
Package 1kg/Bag(Box), 10kg/CTN
Origin Shandong, China
HS Code 3203001990

Product Description

Monascus Red


Monascus red is natural colorant extracted from red yeast rice by ethanol. It has a history of thousand year in China, which has the following characteristics:

  1. Steady with pH value
    The alcohol solution of monascus red is still red when the pH value is 11. The color of its aqueous solution turns only under the environment of strong acid or strong alkali.
  2. Good heat resistance
    Processed under 120° C for sixty minutes, the color of aqueous solution doesn't turn obviously. It can be seen that aqueous solution is very steady under the processing temperature of meat product.
  3. Nice photostability
    Monascus red is steady with light; And its alcohol solution is quite stable in ultraviolet radiation but its tint will be weakened in the strong sunlight.
  4. Not affected by metal ion
    Monascus red is quite stable to Ca2+, Mg2+ and Cu2+.
  5. Not affected by oxidizer and reducer
    When ascorbic acid, sodium sulfite or hydrogen peroxide are added in the monascus red solution, its color isn't be changed.
  6. Good coloring performance
    Monascus red is easy to color protein or raw materials with more protein, color on which is difficult to remove after coloring.
  7. Solubility
    It is solube in fat, but not solube in water and glycerin.
  8. Good safety
    Monascus red has very good safety. Animal experiment indicates that any food made of edible monascus red does not cause any acute chronic poisoning.


Monascus red is widely and typically used in coloring for cooked meats product, cakes, fruit or vegetable juice, protein beverage, carbonated beverages, flavoring beverages (including fruit flavored beverages, milk flavored beverages,tea beverages etc.), solid beverages, compound wine, pudding etc., for its excellent coloring ability and good water-solubility alcohol-solubillty. Please also refer to local related laws and regulations in production.


Appearance Purple red, without moldy, no impurities, powder.
Smell Special and natural fragrance of kojic
Color Value (E495±10nm) ≥60
Moisture (%) ≤6
Arsenic (As) (ppm) ≤1
Lead (Pb) (ppm) ≤5.0
Total Plate Count (cfu/g) <1000
Mold (cfu/g) ≤25
Yeast (cfu/g) ≤25
Citrinin (μg/Kg) ≤50
Aflatoxin B1 (μg/Kg) <5


1kg/bag(box), 10kg/ctn

Shelf-life and Storage

Two years. Need to be stored in tightly closed containers with a cool and dry environment.


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