The European Commission has recently opened a consultation to amend the Food Supplement Regulation (1925/2006) that proposes to ban all products containing Aloe Vera – including ones that retailers might have in stock or on their shelves – without any transition period. Independent Retail Europe, of which RGDATA is an associate member, has developed a draft position paper on the issue and is seeking clarification on which products are affected.
The draft Regulation aims to prohibit the intentional addition of botanical species containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives, an extract from aloe plants, because of their potentially carcinogenic effects. However, the scope is unclear and the current text could be interpreted in such a way that all products containing aloe will be banned. This could impact on a range of food products and certain beverages such as juices, alcoholic spirits.