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naturalproductsinsider . com 55 by the IARC as a possible human carcinogen. Another source of confusion surrounding the toxicity of aloe vera can be traced to California's Prop 65. The proposition added "Aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract" on its list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer because of the IARC classifi cation. "The selection of this test material was made in the context of the objectives of the NTP research project and was not made with consideration as to what forms of aloe vera are used in consumer products," Wilson said. The IASC has established two methods of processing aloe vera leaf for commercially available products. Its website states: Aloe vera juice is obtained by grinding or macerating the entire aloe vera leaf followed by purifi cation to remove the phenolic compounds found in the latex. This purifi cation step is usually accomplished via activated carbon fi ltration in process known as decolorization. Aloe vera juice is obtained by stripping away the outer leaf rind, rinsing or washing away the latex and processing the remaining inner leaf material. Decolorization is also sometimes employed with this method. Nondecolorized aloe vera leaf juice made from the entire leaf is on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 parts per million (ppm). The IASC established a standard for its certifi cation program of no more than 10 ppm for aloe vera juice ingredients for use in products intended for oral consumption, whereas the European Council Directive 88.388 established a standard of no more than 0.1 ppm in fl avorings for beverages. Rest assured consumers aren't showing much concern regarding any safety issues with aloe vera. "IASC has not seen any evidence that a widespread concern about the toxicity of aloe vera exists among consumers," Wilson said. "Many consumers have had the experience of growing up with aloe vera plants in their households and have used aloe vera gel directly for minor scrapes and burns all their lives. Aloe vera has such a long history of use for both topical and ingestion purposes, with very few documented incidences of any safety concerns. "For any consumers who may have a concern about the potential toxicity of aloe vera, it is important to understand that different processed forms of aloe vera are available in consumer products," Wilson continued. "Carefully reading the product label will inform consumers as to whether the product is made from the whole leaf of aloe vera, or just from the inner leaf gel. One easy way for consumers to identify aloe vera products that do not contain potentially harmful levels of aloin is to purchase products that have been certifi ed by the IASC. This certifi cation assures that aloin levels in aloe vera products do not exceed 10 ppm." Ingredients: Aloe RT Specialty offers the exclusive RT NUTRA PROGRAM The RT Nutra Program is the leading insurance solution for the Nutraceutical/Natural Products Industry. Our program offers coverage for General Liability including Products Liability & Excess Liability and is underwritten by an "A XV" rated carrier. The RT Nutra program offers Primary Limit Capacity of up to $10M per occurrence and $20M aggregate. Excess limits up to $50M readily available. We also offer a wide range of deductibles and coverage enhancements with limited ingredient exclusions. Coverage can be tailored to fit your needs. Contact Denise Pepin, Senior VP 312.379.8230 | dpepin@rtspecialty.com R-T Specialty, LLC (RT), a subsidiary of Ryan Specialty Group, LLC, provides wholesale brokerage and other services to agents and brokers. RT is a Delaware limited liability company based in Illinois. As a wholesale broker, RT does not solicit insurance from the public. Some products may only be available in certain states, and some products may only be available from surplus lines insurers. In California: R-T Specialty Insurance Services, LLC License #0G97516. ©2018 Ryan Specialty Group, LLC For a list of references, email references@naturalproductsinsider.com

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