The SalmoFan™ color measurement tools

The SalmoFan™ color measurement scale by dsm-firmenich is recognized as the industry standard across the world for measuring salmon fillet color. At dsm-firmenich, we have developed a range of color measurement tools adapted to the needs of the industry from feed producers to retailers. 

This industry’s color reference standard, either in a physical or digital model, offers a simple, accurate and consistent means of measuring the fillet color of salmonids.

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The SalmoFan™ fan

The SalmoFan™ fan and the SalmoFan™ Lineal are currently not for sale. However, if you are interested, please fill in the contact form and a DSM representative will reach out to you. 

The SalmoFan™ lineal

How to measure salmonid flesh color using the SalmoFan™ fan and lineal

Attention must be paid to the following factors during the determination of fillet color using the SalmoFan™ fan and lineal.

  1. The SalmoFan™ fan and lineal have been designed for use with salmonid fillets where the fish have been fed with diets containing CAROPHYLL® pink astaxanthin
  2. The evaluation is best conducted against a grey background in order to eliminate the effects of adjacent colors
  3. The color matching procedure is preferably carried out in daylight. If fluorescent light is used, cool daylight fluorescent characteristics are recommended to prevent color distortion
  4. A) Fan: The blades of the SalmoFan™ fan should be held just above an area on the fillet that is representative of the whole fillet. Select the fan blade that most closely matches the fish fillet being sampled and record the reading.
    B) Lineal: The color shapes of the SalmoFan™ lineal should be positioned on the salmon flesh and viewed vertically from above. In order to narrow the range when doing the readings, parts of the SalmoFan™ lineal can be covered with your hands.
  5. For consistent results, the evaluation of fillets should be carried out by the same observer, or observers, who should be pre-tested for color perception.


To avoid fading or other changes in the colors, the SalmoFan™ fan and lineal, when not in use, must be protected from light.


The SalmoFan™ fan and lineal have been developed for easy cleaning and disinfection. This should be part of the quality routine for all food processing applications.

Color requirements

The salmonid flesh color which are preferred by buyers and customers in different countries, and for different processes, are highly variable and therefore color requirements must be agreed upon by the individuals concerned.

The digital SalmoFan™ color sensor device

An innovative color sensor device for digital color measurement of salmon fillet color. The device offers for the first time an objective assessment of fillet color.

The digital SalmoFan™ is limited edition and currently not available for sale. However, if you are interested, please fill in the contact form and a DSM sales representative will reach out to you.

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