Beta-carotene is found in plants and in a group of more than 600 natural products that are especially soluble in oil. Beta carotene was primarily used for commercial use in synthetic form. Synthetic beta-carotene was firstly used for food additives, but then it became an important colorant. Today, beta-carotene is found in natural forms, it is produced from the fermentation of microorganisms; and also it can be obtained by extracting the seaweed or palm kernel oil.
The use of beta carotene in the food sector: It is used in the products such as confectionery products, beverage products, bakery products, processed cheese, cow milk butter and plain butter, dried fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetables in vinegar-oil-brine, fruit and vegetable preparations, breakfast cereals, processed fish and aquatic products, spreadable oils and margarine.