16 shades of yolk
We all have our own notion of the ‘right’ color for an egg yolk. This varies depending on geographical location, cultural context and local traditions. It is also influenced by the culinary use for which the eggs are intended. However, consumers worldwide recognize that a golden yolk invariably comes from a healthy hen. And they are asking for yolks with a deeper shade of orange.
The DSM YolkFan™ has been the global standard for assessing egg yolk color for many years. In 2016 DSM responded to calls for a higher color standard in Asian markets by introducing a new DSM YolkFan with 16 shades – one more than the previous version.
The accompanying DSM Guidelines for Egg Yolk Pigmentation 2016 are a reliable source of scientific information. Under optimal conditions of animal health and husbandry, they can be used to produce precisely the desired yolk color.