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Risk of 'Store Brand' and Cheap Fish Oil

A  lawsuit (3/24/2010) brought by environmentalists in California claims popular brands of fish oil dietary supplements contain unsafe and illegal levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which are carcinogenic chemicals.

The lawsuit targets eight supplement manufacturers or distributors:  CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, General Nutrition Corp., Solgar, Twinlab, Now Health, Omega Protein and Pharmavite.

Testing found that levels of PCBs in supplements in popular fish oil products varied wildly, from about 12 nanograms per recommended dose to more than 850 nanograms in the most contaminated product. But the suit claims that all of the manufacturers are in violation of California law for not disclosing any non-zero PCB levels in their products.

NOTE:  This is why we recommend fish oils that are distilled at least 5 times, if not 6 or 7 times.  The cost differential is only about $10 per month. Not much to avoid the PCB's and mercury, eh?