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Grass-fed cows' bright yellow butter and questions about food coloring

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The grass-fed cows' butter I tasted recently was sunny yellow due to natural carotene content.

Now, I've seen some very yellow butter, good quality butter and otherwise. (Similar quality variation for creamy white butter.) There is supposed to be seasonal color variation as well.

I understand butter is regularly dyed with food coloring. And margarine, too. I haven't paid too much attention to this fact before.

Now I am wondering about the extent of this food coloring practice.

Your thoughts, please.

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  1. Also, which butter brands fall in the "yellow" category, (natural or color-added)
    and which brands in the "white" category?

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          1. I don't know if this will help or further add to your confusion, but I spent some time on the Isle of Mann a few years ago for work and there even the fresh cream is yellow! They take real pride in their dairy products; their ice cream even has A.O.C. - type protection.