Companies issuing statements in support of third-party testing are applauded as their competitors are vague or refuse to disclose PCB levels despite public demand for transparency
SECAUCUS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Almost two months after a lawsuit was filed against Omega-3 fish oil manufacturers for failing to warn about toxic contaminant levels of PCBs found in their products, companies are still not making an effort to reveal this critical safety information to consumers. While some fish oil makers, most notably Nordic Naturals, have agreed that “consumers should have access to accurate information about environmental contaminants,” much of the industry continues to maintain that their products are safe, yet refuse to release results to consumers of their products.
To put pressure on the companies, the plaintiffs of the lawsuit and FishOilSafety founders Benson Chiles and Chris Manthey will be hosting a booth at the industry annual trade show, SupplySide East, with one simple question: “If your products are as safe and clean as you maintain, why not simply let people know and decide for themselves?”
According to Mr. Manthey, “Just like the tobacco industry did for decades, we’re hearing that the industry is planning a slick PR campaign instead of coming clean and addressing the problem. They’re endangering consumers and, ironically, their own $1 billion business.”
“This information is absolutely critical when pregnant women are being told to take Omega-3s, and yet we know that PCBs and dioxins are especially hazardous to developing fetuses,” Chiles explains. “From either a moral or a legal liability perspective, I don’t know anyone who would want to be responsible for endangering children’s health.”
Meanwhile, consumers are confused as to whether or not they should continue taking the products. “I was two months pregnant when I learned about concerns of PCBs in fish oil supplements,” says Kristie Porcaro, a mother of two who previously had open heart surgery. “Even though I knew fish oil was good for my heart, I made the decision to stop taking it. Without knowing for certain what was in my supplements, I didn’t want to put my baby at risk.”
Manthey added, “Many consumers need to take fish oil supplements for medical reasons, but they should be able avoid those with the most contamination without worry. Our tests show some are 70x more contaminated than others. We need the companies with the least level of contaminants to let their customers know they can still be trusted.”
Interested media that want to speak with the attorneys in the lawsuit, the plaintiffs, or any of the consumers that are concerned should contact Patricia Charles at [email protected] or (301) 887-1060 ext. 111.
For more information about the lawsuit, which products are doing their best in transparency and PCB levels, and to find out how to join the national consumer effort via petition, consumers can visit www.fishoilsafety.com.