Millions of people who take fish oil for health benefits have been kept in the dark about the levels of PCBs and other contaminants they may be swallowing along with the omega-3s. Some supplements contain labels that say “treated to remove contaminants,” but those labels do not tell consumers how much is left after such “treatment.”
Despite knowing about these potential threats for years, the FDA has allowed supplement makers to provide misleading labels for consumers and doctors, who often recommend fish oil supplements. For example, PCBs and dioxin are especially hazardous to pregnant women. Cost effective, safer fish oil supplements are already available on the market, and there’s no reason labels should not provide accurate and meaningful information to people who do not want to ingest contamination.
Consumers have the right to know what is really in fish oil!