Lawsuit Raises Safety Issues Related to Competing Brands of Fish Oil Supplements

Lawsuit Raises Safety Issues Related to Competing Brands of Fish Oil Supplements

Fish OilOn 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.

Sealogix’s Safety is Guaranteed by Independent Third Party Testing

At Life's Abundance, we impose exacting standards upon all of our products, including our line of fish oil supplements. We supply our customers with truly superior quality fish oil supplements that are subjected to rigorous third-party testing for concentration and purity. In fact, we were among the first to implement independent testing and to make readily available the results of those tests to our customers.


To guarantee the outstanding quality of every bottle of Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil, we follow a strict and methodical formula for production. First, the omega-3's in Sealogix are sourced from fish located in some of the purest waters in the world, from fisheries that are renewable and fully-sustainable. Next, our fish oil undergoes several processes (including molecular distillation and winterization) to concentrate and purify the oil.

In addition to making certain that Sealogix fish oils are well below the safety level established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) for PCB's, the purification process ensures that they are free from mercury and heavy metal contamination (including lead, arsenic and cadmium). Furthermore, our refinement process helps to ensure that Sealogix is a fresh and stable product. Fish oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are prone to oxidation, thus risking the reduction of the shelf-life of the fish oil. Our premium fish oils are naturally processed to greatly reduce oxidative elements like peroxide and acids, resulting in stabilization that impedes further oxidation and prolongs the shelf-life of Sealogix products.

Each batch is then tested by International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS), a non-affiliated, third party laboratory that is considered the world’s premier fish oil testing agency. IFOS uses multiple scientific tests and analyses on every batch of Sealogix. In fact, IFOS imposes more stringent requirements for contaminants and oxidation than the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). These tests ensure that our Sealogix customers are receiving a safe and effective fish oil supplement that they can feel confident providing to their families, and for themselves. Finally, we post the IFOS test results for each batch of Sealogix online, so our customers will know exactly what is contained in Sealogix Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil. We are proud to say that all Sealogix supplements have achieved IFOS’s highest possible rating for concentration and purity – five out of five stars. Go To Our IFOS Page.

Due to the superior quality, purity and concentration of these nutrients, Sealogix represents an exceptional value compared to other market brands. Click here to learn more about how Sealogix beats competing omega-3 brands and maintains exacting standards for safety.


Plant Process

Here’s a sneak peek at the molecular distillation equipment (image on left). This purification equipment utilizes high-vacuum distillation, ensuring minimal contact with oxygen for superior purification and concentration of nutrients.

In one of the many “clean room laboratories” at the plant (image on right), workers monitor the encapsulation process of our pharmaceutical-grade fish oil supplements.

Comments (4) -

  • Caprice

    3/18/2010 1:21:28 PM |

    Very interesting article.  Some well known brands named.  

  • Hayley Keen

    4/9/2010 2:54:38 AM |

    Yep, this is why I'm hesitant to take supplements!

  • Angela Jandera

    7/8/2010 7:45:45 AM |

    OMG!!! My doctor told me to take Fish oil when I was pregnant! So I did, for 5months I did,last year. So now what do I do?

  • Alejandrina Devillier

    7/9/2013 12:20:48 AM |

    Hi there, I check your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep it up!

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