1. Description:

The product is a yellow orange powder, 100% natural, with a characteristic smell and flavour, made from saffron. Saffron is the dried stigma of the Crocus Sativus Linnaeus, a perennial plant of the iridaceous family. SAFRANTE gives an attractive color to food and adds an exquisite aroma and flavor. It can be an essential ingredient in Spanish Paella, French Bouillabaisse and Italian Rissotto.

2. Properties:

The active components of natural saffron provide the organoleptic characteristics to Safrante. The color comes from the crocine, the aroma from the safranal and the characteristic bitter flavor from the picrocrocine.

SAFRANTE is used in food as a natural food colorant for its aroma and flavor.

3. Identification:

Synonyms: C. I. 75100 ; Natural Yellow 6 ; Cas No.: 8022-19-3

Section: 73500; Saffron, code of federal regulation.

SAFRANTE is obtained from the dried stigma of saffron (Crocus Sativus. L.) and is used as a natural food colorant provided in Directive 1999/75/CE, the identification code is E-160-a, “Plant Carotenes“.

4. Technical Specification:


Safrante is a 100% natural food colorant based on saffron. It is manufactured from traditional saffron, maintaining saffron active ingredients, with natural maltodextrin support. Is free of GMO and gluten.

Safrante is the ideal substitute for traditional saffron and artificial food coloring. The use of artificial coloring is increasingly restrictive in the European Union and some are specifically banned as food colorants.

Safrante has a wide range of uses both in food industry and in the kitchen. The use of Safrante allows to regulate the intensity of the coloring power, aroma and flavor, therefore Safrante can be customized according to the client needs.

As an ingredient it may be labeled as “Maltodextrin, Saffron”.

ECC Code: CAS Nº.: 8022-19-3 CI: 75100 Natural Yellow: 6

Testing Methods: Tested by UV-VIS and HPLC.

Solubility: Soluble in water, diluted alcohol and propylene glycol.

Stability: Stable under normal conditions of use and storage. Stable when exposed to heat and bright light. Safrante has a greater resistance to sunlight exposure than natural food coloring based on beta-carotene.

Not sensitive to pH for the majority of foods in the range 3.5 to 10.0.

Shelf Life: Product shelf life of 3 years.

Humidity: The loss on drying at 105ºC for 3 hours is less than 10%.

Heavy Metals:

Arsenic < 1 mg/kg
Lead < 1 mg/kg
Mercury < 0,1 mg/kg
Cadmium < 0,1 mg/kg

Purity: According to ISO 3632-2 clause 13. It can be accommodated to client needs.

Crocines: 10 – 150 ± 2

Picrocrocine: 8 – 36 ± 2

Safranal: 8 – 36 ± 2

Microbiological Analysis:

Total count: Less than 10,000 per g.
E.coli: None / g.
Salmonella: None / g.
Artificial Coloring: None

Dosage: According to the final product needs:

  • From 10 to 20 for soups and beverages
  • From 30 to 50 for pastries and confectionery
  • From 60 to 100 for ready meals
  • From 100 to 150 for paella rice, risotto and fideua.