AOAC Call for Methods: Quantitation of Aloe vera

August 21, 2017 [Rockville, MD] - AOAC INTERNATIONAL invites method authors and developers to submit relevant methods that may meet the AOAC Standard Method Performance Requirements® (SMPR®) quantitation of aloe vera characteristic water-soluble main constituents in dietary supplements (AOAC SMPR 2017.009). Submitted methods will be reviewed by an AOAC Expert Review Panel for consideration of AOAC First Action Official MethodsSM status. Methods adopted as AOAC First Action Official MethodsSM by the Expert Review Panel will be published by AOAC INTERNATIONAL.



The objective of this call for methods is to collect relevant methods that may meet one or more of the aforementioned SMPR, which has been approved by the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Dietary Supplements (SPDS). All submitted methods will be subjected to evaluation by an AOAC Expert Review Panel (ERP), who will review them for potential AOAC First Action Official MethodsSM status. Any resulting approved/adopted Official Methods of Analysis may be used as a reference method. Acceptable methods must demonstrate that they meet one of the aforementioned SMPR, therefore, being reliable and reproducible when used by trained analysts in accredited laboratories. 



Quantitation of characteristic water-soluble aloe vera main constituents and degradation products, as per AOAC SMPR 2017.009. Please see SMPR for technical details. Any analytical technique(s) that measures the analytes of interest and meets the method performance requirements in AOAC SMPR 2017.009 will be considered. 

UA-Invented Sunscreen Licensed to Leading World Aloe Vera Supplier

Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona has licensed a new non-penetrating sunscreen to MexiAloe Laboratorios, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Novamex.

The novel formulation binds oxybenzone – the active ingredient in most over-the-counter sunscreens – in such a way so that it does not seep into the skin. Douglas Loy,  a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the colleges of Science and Medicine-Tucson, worked with graduate student Stephanie Tolbert to develop the formulation.

Blocking the absorption of oxybenzone into skin would help resolve public concern over the use of the compound which filters out ultraviolet light and is used in many commercial topical sunscreens. The American Association of Dermatology says oxybenzone is safe, but public concerns have been raised about its effects when absorbed by users.

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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.

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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.

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