Carophyll® Red 10% consists of free-flowing particles (beadlets).
They contain Canthaxanthin in a corn starch-coated matrix of Lignosulfonate.
Butylated Hydroxytolene (BHT) is added as an antioxidant.

Stability and storage

Carophyll Red is sensitive to air, heat, light and changes in relative humidity. The product may be stored for 12 months in the unopened original container and at a temperature below 15 °C. Keep container tightly closed. Once opened, use contents quickly.


This product is safe for the intended use. Avoid ingestion, inhalation of dust or direct contact by applying suitable protective measures and practising personal hygiene. Protective gloves, safety glasses (with side shields) and a particle mask are recommended when handling the product. There may be a strong skin discolouration on contact.

The information given in this publication is largely based on the current (2016-09-08) knowledge of DSM Nutritional Products Ltd. Additional information has been added by Haith’s and Haith’s veterinary advisor. More comprehensive advice about safety (and the possible effects of carophyll on the environment) is to be found on the Carophyll Red MSDS sheet from DSM Nutritional Products Ltd: Hazards

• Hazard statement: Toxic to aquatic life
• Prevention: Avoid release into the environment
• Response: Collect spillage
• Disposal: Dispose of contents/container to an appropriate waste disposal plant

First aid measures

Eye contact - Flush eyes with water as a precaution. Remove contact lenses. Protect unharmed eye. Keep eye wide open while flushing. If eye irritation persists, consult a specialist.
Skin contact - Remove contaminated clothing immediately. Wash affected skin with soap and plenty of water - do not use any solvents. Report discolouration of the skin and itching to a physician (medical practitioner) and tell him/her that you have been in contact with carophyll. Take this sheet.
If inhaled - Move to fresh air. If symptoms persist, consult a physician.
If swallowed - Clean mouth with water and afterwards drink plenty of water. Do not give milk or alcoholic beverages. Never administer anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If symptoms persist, consult a physician.

Toxicological information

Scientific references (Extracted from SDS 5016028 date of last revision 19.08.2016 for “Carophyll Red 10%” according to regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006).

• Acute oral toxicity: Acute toxicity estimate : >5,000 mg/kg (calculation method)
• Skin irritation: Prolonged skin contact may cause skin irritation
• Eye irritation: Contact with eyes can lead to mechanical irritation Sensitisation: This information is not available
• Carcinogenicity: No evidence of carcinogenicity known
• Genotoxicity in vitro: No evidence of mutagenicity known
• Reproductive toxicity: No evidence of adverse effects on fertility known

Feeding instructions for administering carophyll to canaries

Feeding – economic method

The most economic method is only to supply carophyll during the period of moult, using approximately one third of a level teaspoon (0.5 gram) of carophyll for every 500 mg of feed.

Feeding – throughout the year

Many canary breeders prefer to use very small quantities of carophyll throughout the year and claim that, by doing so, they are able to maintain the best possible intense red colour in plumage. For this method, use approximately half a level teaspoon (0.8 gram) of carophyll per every 5kg of feed.

The stability of carophyll when mixed into a dry feed is excellent, so that supplies for a few weeks at a time can be made up quite safely. When it is mixed with a moist, soft food, however, this must be prepared fresh each day.

Effects of carophyll in birds

Whilst excess supplies of carophyll can, to an extent, be stored in the liver of birds it is essential to follow the feeding methods contained in this document. However, such excess stores can be utilised later if the diet becomes deficient in carophyll. Thus, any interruption in the addition of carophyll is not likely to affect the plumage colour adversely unless, of course, it is just before or during moulting when carophyll should always be supplied.

It is important to note that the droppings of birds receiving carophyll may also become red in colour. This is quite normal and unlikely to have adverse effects as long as the feeding methods and quantities described above are being followed. If too much carophyll is supplied, a bird’s plumage may tend to become dull and the bird’s head may take on a purplish tinge until the over dosage has been corrected.

Further information

The information provided in this publication is correct to the best of our knowledge, information and belief at the date of its publication.

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