Tuesday, March 2, 2010, a lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco Superior Court, which
alleged that several popular brands of fish oil supplements have illegally undisclosed
and unnecessarily high levels of contamination from toxic PCB compounds. Widely
regarded as cancer-causing agents, PCB’s were outlawed from manufacture in 1979.
The lawsuit names eight manufacturers and retailers of fish and fish liver oils
(as well as shark and shark liver oils) which tested positive for PCB contamination
that exceeded the limits approved for human consumption under California’s Proposition
65. The initial defendants named are CVS Pharmacy, Inc.; General Nutrition Corp.
(GNC); Now Health Group, Inc.; Omega Protein, Inc.; Pharmavite LLC (Nature Made
brand); Rite Aid Corp.; Solgar, Inc.; and TwinLab Corp.
These allegations should give consumers cause for grave concern. Although many
currently marketed fish oil supplements feature claims of being “treated” to remove
or reduce levels of PCB’s and other toxins, many fail to accurately state the residual
levels of PCB’s remaining after “treatment”. This lack of disclosure leaves consumers
completely in the dark, not knowing whether or not they are ingesting high levels
of PCB’s when taking their omega-3 supplement. The allegations are deeply disturbing,
as many consumers regularly take their supplements every day. More...