Distressing that they add food coloring!
January 28, 2013
Here is what wikipedia has to say about the food coloring canthaxanthin:
Canthaxanthin (i/ˌknθəˈznθɪn/) is a carotenoid pigment widely distributed in nature. Carotenoids belong to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenoids. The chemical formula of canthaxanthin is C40H52O2. It was first isolated in edible mushrooms. It has also been found in green algae, bacteria, crustaceans, and fish such as carp, golden mullet, seabream and trush wrasse.
Canthaxanthin has E number E161g and is approved for use in the United States and for limited use in the EU; however, it is not approved for use in Australia and New Zealand. In the EU, canthaxanthin is allowed by law to be added to sausages of Strasbourg (mainly to those exported to France), as well as trout feed, salmon feed and poultry feed. The European Union limit is 80 mg/kg of feedstuffing, 8 mg/kg in feed for egg laying hens and 25 mg/kg in feed for other poultry and salmonids.
Pros:The price is great and the ingredients look good except for the canthaxanthin which is apparently added only for color. This food coloring is restricted by many countries.
Cons:Food coloring added.