NEWS: European Commission incorporates botanical species containing HADs in list of Forbidden Foods

Please be informed that the Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/468 of 18 March 2021 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards botanical species containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives entered into force on April 7th, 2021.

This Regulation incorporates botanical species containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives (hereinafter, HADs), which are certain chemical compounds naturally occurring in different botanical species, into an EU list of ‘forbidden food‘. The article looks at which substances are now prohibited, restricted and under scrutiny in EU law, and at the impact on food supplements containing, inter alia, aloe extracts. Other derivatives listed are aloe-emodin, emodin, danthron and aloe extracts containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food.

AAFC will continue to monitor the European Commission and regulations being developed to support Canadian industries. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Market Access Secretariat (