RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Some of the largest fish oil supplement producers, and the stores that carry them, are selling supplements contaminated with a class of now-banned industrial chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, or PCBs, charges a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Manteel Justice Foundation and two other citizens. "Consumers who want the health benefits of fish oil shouldn't have to take the health risks of an extremely toxic man-made chemical," David Roe, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said in a press release.THE DETAILS: The lawsuit names eight makers and sellers of fish oil, shark oil, fish liver oil, and shark liver oil supplements that the plaintiffs say are contaminated above the "safe harbor" limits set for human PCB consumption under California's Proposition 65, a law that requires consumers be warned about such harmful exposures. So far, defendants named in the lawsuit include CVS Pharmacy Inc.; General Nutrition Corp. (GNC); Now … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Lawsuit Raises Safety Questions
Shark oil benefits
Omega-3 and vitamins A and D are present in fatty or oily fish, such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon. Fish-oil and omega-3 supplements are popular because they are believed to have health benefits. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend eating oily fish and omega 3 to promote heart health. However, studies have produced mixed results. In 2012, a National Health Survey found that around 7.8 percent of adults in the United States (U.S.), or 18.8 million people, and 1.1 percent of children aged 4 to 17 years, had taken a fish oil supplement in the previous 30 days. White fish also contain oils, but at lower concentrations, and mainly in the liver. Cod is a white fish, and its oil is concentrated in its liver. Cod liver oil contains less omega-3 fatty acid but more vitamin A and D. This article will focus on the benefits of fish oil as a source of omega 3. Omega-3 fatty acids are fats commonly found in plants and marine life. Two types are plentiful in … [Read more...] about Fish oils and omega-3 oils: Can they benefit our health?
It’s well recognized that omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These essential fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid thought to reduce inflammation, which can damage blood vessels and can even lead to cardiovascular disease. They might also reduce triglycerides and lower blood pressure. Sources of omega-3s Essential fatty acids aren’t made by the body, so they must be obtained through food or supplements. A good source of omega-3s is fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, cod, and tuna. Health professionals recommend that people eat this type of fish at least twice a week. Non-fish food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, soybeans, and soybean oil. However, research suggests that omega-3s from fish sources may be easier for the body to absorb than those from plant-based sources, as plant sources of omega-3s need to undergo an extra step in the body. Fish oil … [Read more...] about Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement
Another day, another round of headlines about China’s butchering of rare species. Today’s bloodbath bulletin concerns whale sharks, which feed on phytoplankton and can grow up to 40 feet (12 meters)—about the length of four station wagons. The shark is so vulnerable to extinction that most countries forbid fishermen from catching them. That’s not stopping a factory in China’s Zhejiang province from slaughtering 600 whale sharks per year, according to Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk. The factory pays up to 200,000 yuan ($31,000) per whale shark (pdf), as WLR reports, and there’s now a global network of fishing boats that will sell them to the factory that WLR investigated. Why? Whale sharks feed the growing market for fish oil used in supplements and cosmetics sold in the US and Canada (paywall), reports the New York Times. The plant exports at least 300 tons (272 tonnes) a year in oil leached from … [Read more...] about America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest shark
SANTA CRUZ – People buying certain fish oil supplements to get the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids are ingesting chemicals banned in 1979, according to environmental advocates who filed a lawsuit Monday aimed at forcing manufacturers to warn consumers. The lawsuit names five makers of supplements found to contain polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, drugstores CVS and Rite Aid, which sell those products, and Omega Protein Inc., of Houston, which touts itself as the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil. Attorney David Roe filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court contending Proposition 65, a law he helped write, requires consumers to be warned when products contain toxic ingredients above the limit deemed safe by regulators. Some of the tested supplements exceed California’s daily limit for PCBs by a factor of 10 in terms of the cancer risk, Roe said. A limit has not been set for the risk of birth defects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has … [Read more...] about Lawsuit claims PCBs found in 10 fish oil supplements; product labeling sought