August 2017 Inside Aloe

May 2017 Inside Aloe Online

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Personal Care Products Safety Act Reintroduced in the Senate

Bill would give FDA additional authority to regulate personal care products

February 2017 Inside Aloe

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Uncertainty over Trump's Mexico policy 'troubling for world food and agricultural markets'

By Adi Menayang, 31-Jan-2017

From open letters to official statements, many US food and beverage industry entities stand firmly on keeping NAFTA and a barrier-free bilateral arrangement with Mexico.

Yogurt for healthy skin? Japanese researchers examine aloe sterol-fortified yogurt

Women who consumed aloe sterol-fortified yogurt daily over 12 weeks revealed statistical differences in skin elasticity, skin moisture, collagen score, and transepidermal water loss, compared to a placebo, says a new study from Japan.

FDA releases adverse events data for supplements, foods, and cosmetics

Motivated by transparency, the US Food and Drug Administration has released tens of thousands of adverse event reports for dietary supplements, but does the data actually allow for any conclusions to be drawn?

Bloomberg News: No Evidence of Aloe vera Found in the Aloe vera at Wal-Mart, CVS

Wal-Mart, Target, CVS sell aloe without appearance of plant

The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all.

Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice — another name for aloe vera — as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water. 

There’s no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve cosmetics before they’re sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system, even as the total U.S. market for aloe products, including drinks and vitamins, has grown 11 percent in the past year to $146 million, according to Chicago-based market researcher SPINS LLC.

November 2016 Inside Aloe

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Confusion best describes global regulation of aloe, expert says

After years on the market, aloe as an ingredient is still poorly understood by most regulators around the world, attendees at a recent ingredient-specific session were told.

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