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Parliamentary questions
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15 July 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Günther Sidl (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Amendment to Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 1925/2006

Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera) has a long history as a herbal remedy, and there are numerous references in the literature documenting its use for over 3 500 years. In connection with food and food supplements, I support the precautionary approach that any risks to human health must be fully taken into account when assessing safety. Hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HAD) are found not only in Aloe Vera products, but also in normal vegetables such as beans, coleslaw or peas.

It is not clear from the proposed amendment whether Aloe Vera products are to be banned in principle or only those products that are obtained from the unpeeled leaves of Aloe Arborescens and contain Anthranoids classified as harmful to health. 

1. Does the proposed change ensure that preparations and products made from Anthranoid-free gel or the inner pulp of the leaves of some types of Aloe (mostly Aloe Barbadensis or Aloe Vera) can continue to be used in foods, as food additives and in cosmetics?

2. Some impurities are technically unavoidable and manufacturers can demonstrate that everything has been done to avoid them. Have any limit values ​​been set for such impurities which may not be exceeded?

Original language of question: DE
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