Fish Oil Potentially Dangerous v. PCB Compounds

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  1. OT Addict

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    For those of you who take fish oil daily (like me) a friend of mine linked me to this article today..

    Apparently several prominent fish oil brands when tested had really high PCB levels.

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    People who take certain brands of fish oil supplements, seeking benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids are also exposing themselves to unnecessarily high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds, newly released test results show.

    Brands were tested in private laboratories by environmental lawyers as part of a labelling lawsuit in California. The results show a major discrepancy in the level of PCB contamination, attorney David Roe told reporters Monday.

    "Consumers who want the health benefits of fish oil shouldn't also have to take the health risks of an extremely toxic man-made chemical. And they don't have to, since preliminary test results show that some fish oil brands have only 1/70th as much PCB contamination in them as others," said Roe.

    That's the good news for consumers, he added.

    "Some companies do a lot better job than others, and we think this is something people should know."

    The group tested 10 brands of the more than 100 fish oil supplement products on the market.

    Eight of the 10 makers and sellers of fish oil, shark oil, fish liver oil and shark liver oil supplements have PCB contamination above the so-called "safe harbour" limits set for human PCB consumption under California's Proposition 65, the results show.

    The state law requires consumers to be warned about such exposures on product labels. None of the products contains such a warning, but some brands highlight how their supplements are treated to remove or reduce PCBs.

    That's why consumers beyond California should care, said environmental researcher Chris Manthey, one of the plaintiffs in the case.

    "But since they don't say how much PCB contamination is still left, even consumers who choose "treated" supplements don't know what PCB levels they're swallowing along with their daily Omega-3."

    When tested for total daily exposures to PCBs, Now Foods Salmon Oil, available in Canada, had the highest levels, according to the test results. When weighed for toxicity, Nature Made Cod Liver Oil, available to Canadians through online stores, had the highest levels, the results, posted at fishoilsafety.com, show.

    In the initial tests of 10 products, those with the lowest overall levels of PCBs at the recommended daily dose were, in order, Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, TwinLab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, GNC Liquid Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, and TwinLab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil.

    After weighting to determine how toxic some of the contaminants are, the products that ranked the lowest for toxicity were, in order, TwinLab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, TwinLab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, Solar 100 per cent Pure Norwegian Shark Liver Oil Complex, and Nature Made Odorless Fish Oil.

    "Without more testing, we can't know whether this group includes the worst in the market — or the best," the plaintiffs wrote in backgrounder of the 10 brands.

    Although banned many years ago, PCB compounds are extremely persistent in the environment because they don't break down quickly. That means they accumulate in the food chain, including in fish. PCBs been officially recognized for 20 years as causing cancer and reproductive toxicity.

    "We know for sure that more is worse than less, and our tests show that some fish oil supplements have many times as much PCBs as others. California has set a daily intake that represents 'no significant risk' of PCBs causing cancer, which some of these products exceed by up to a factor of 10. But there is no official safety level for PCBs causing reproductive toxicity. So the only guideline consumers can follow is that less is safer," the plaintiffs wrote in the backgrounder.

    California-based Pharmavite LLC, manufacturer of Nature Made dietary supplements, immediately challenged the results, saying the company complies with California's Proposition 65 and meets or exceeds "the most exacting standards" known to the supplement industry.

    In addition, Nature Made's fish oil products have been awarded the United States Pharmacopeia Verification Program mark for omega-3 fish oil purity, potency and quality, and the Nature Made Fish Oil received a "Best Choice" rating based on a survey conducted by Environmental Defense when the group evaluated fish oil supplements for environmental contaminants, the company said in a statement.

    The appetite for Omega-3 supplements continues to grow as the health benefits of fatty acids become cemented in the minds of consumers. Studies show they may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

    Since 2006, the U.S. market for Omega-3 supplements has doubled, to an estimated $1 billion. Meanwhile, market research firm Packaged Facts estimates global retail sales for Omega-3 enhanced food and beverage products will rise from $4.6 billion in 2007 to $8.2 billion by 2012.



    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/heal...ng+compounds/2636308/story.html#ixzz0h8yTkHdN
     
  2. Ep

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    I take nature made non odorless because they are cheaper. hope that is fine :/
     
  3. themolsen

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    yikes, I take Nature Made Cod Liver Oil

    thanks for this info
     
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    fuck yes just checked what brand was mine

    nature made ftw
     
  5. Arya Stark

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    Why a lawsuit and not report to the proper government authority to test? Oh wait....environmental lawyers.
     
  6. erok81

    erok81 All your canyons are belong to me!!

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    hmm...mine's kirkland. oh well. the phb just adds flavor.
     
  7. AlohaRacing

    AlohaRacing Freak that bitch out

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    +1 on Kland brand coated. :dunno:
     
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    been taking 10 caps of kirkland fishoil daily for over a year now. I'm fine if you ignore the third arm I grew and the cancerous tumor on my penis.
     
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    BTW I heard an interview on NPR recently where a guy was saying a lot of the scientists he knew who studied fish toxicity apparently saw toxic levels of mercury in their blood after eating only 1/3 can of tuna a day for a few weeks. He said after learning this he and his scientist friends all decided not to eat any fish at all.

    Then he went on to say the average Japanese person eats 60kg of fish per year, which is hilariously contradictory to his assertion that high mercury levels are particularly harmful because Japanese society has one of the oldest, healthiest populations on the planet. Stupid fag.
     
  10. jokka

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    I take the bulk nutraplanet fish pills/kirkland non coated pills
    Were going to die in 2012 anyway.
     
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    I'm starting to grow fish scales on my skin is this a sign of high PCBs in the fish oil I take?
     
  12. Voltekker

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    if you start growing gills id like to know what brand you take, its going to be the only way to survive 2012.
     
  13. Uglybob69

    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Yeah the guy who made the documentary about the secret dolphin slaughters. I heard that one too and was also thinking "wat?"
     
  14. Primrose

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    Here is an article on the fish oil law suite that I liked:
    http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Regulation/We-are-in-full-compliance-sued-omega-3-suppliers

    We are in full compliance’: sued omega-3 suppliers
    By Shane Starling, 04-Mar-2010

    Related topics: Quality control, Omega-3, Regulation, Nutritional lipids and oils, Cardiovascular health, Cognitive and mental function

    Texan omega-3 supplier Omega Protein Corporation says its offerings meet international regulatory requirements, including the strict contaminants rules set out in California’s Proposition 65.
    A legal case names Omega Protein and seven other omega-3 supplements brands and retailers for breaching limits for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) established under Proposition 65 and demands $2500 be paid to each person exposed to the PCB-containing products.

    “The Company's products are in full compliance with all federal laws promulgated by the US Food and Drug Administration, standards of the European Commission and the labeling requirements of California's Proposition 65,” Omega Protein said.

    “In addition, the company's products meet the rigorous standards for quality promulgated by both the Center for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3's (GOED).”

    It added: “The Company has worked cooperatively with the groups behind the lawsuit in California for the past several months, sharing information and answering any questions that arose. There are many issues on which Omega Protein disagrees with the plaintiffs, including methods of measuring PCBs, the level of PCBs at which a warning would be required, testing protocols, and applicable industry standards. Omega Protein takes very seriously its obligations to meet regulatory requirements and consumer expectations for safe and effective products.”

    The action, brought by the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation and two New Jersey residents, also cites three products manufactured by Illinois-based Now Foods.

    “Proposition 65 often applies to very small levels of chemicals – levels that in some cases are much lower than those permitted by other laws,” Now said, noting it took the action very seriously.

    “This lawsuit was not filed by the state of California or any governmental authority but was filed by private plaintiffs.”

    Although not named in the action, Krill leader Neptune Technologies & Bioressources said its offerings also met Proposition 65 requirements that were based on labeling not safety considerations.

    "We regularly have the purity of NKO rigorously tested at independent accredited laboratories for all potential contaminants including PCBs, dioxins, pesticides and heavy metals, among others,” said Dr Tina Sampalis, chief science officer at Neptune.

    Daniel Fabricant, PhD, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it was unfortunate the plaintiff was commenting on pending litigation.

    “Maybe they don't feel strong about the science they have behind them in this case. It’s attorneys trying to win a case, nothing more, nothing less, it should have no bearing on the millions who take fish oil and benefit from it daily.”

    Others named in the action are General Nutrition Corp, Pharmavite, Solgar, TwinLab Corp, Rite Aid, and CVS Caremark.

    The action can be found here.
     
  15. Sylva

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    meh, everything causes something.
     
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