"I would like one thing to be clear and reach consumers strongly: not all Aloe-based products are banned, but only those that contain hydroxyanthracenes". Antonino Santoro is the managing director of FederSalus, the most representative Italian association in the food supplements sector and president of EHPM, the
European federation that brings together 14 national associations of European countries and about 1600 companies.
This is the clarification released from Federsalus following the news reported in recent days by various newspapers. "In order to clarify the actual impact of the provision" writes the association, which represents the companies in the supplement sector, "it is necessary to specify that these molecules, considered unsafe by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, are contained only in a specific part of the plant, i.e. in the outermost parts of the leaf".
Federsalus notes that naturally hydroxyanthracen-free gel can continue to be used for the production of supplements. "The careful processing of the leaf by the manufacturers, in fact, ensures the extraction of the aloe pulp without risks related to the presence of prohibited substances".
Moreover, Federsalus observes, the same Regulation admits that there are uncertainties about the dangerousness of banned substances, so it would have been better to postpone the provision to "conduct more accurate and precise scientific studies for the consumers and the sector".