Following discussions with its members, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED; Salt Lake City) has developed “GOED Best-Practice Guidelines on Oxidation Control” to help its members prevent and minimize the risk of oxidation that threatens omega-3 oils at multiple points along the value chain, from processing to the encounter with the consumer.
Omega-3 oxidation has been the subject of media attention, and lingering confusion within the industry about the process itself, how it proceeds and what it does to product safety motivated GOED to create and issue the guidelines, the goal being to keep the industry’s products at the highest level of quality possible.
“Because oxidation can happen at any stage of handling an EPA/DHA-containing oil or finished product, these best-practice guidelines provide specific approaches on how to handle, store, and sample omega-3 products,” comments Gerard Bannenberg, GOED’s director of compliance & scientific outreach and coordinator of the organization’s Technical Committee, which assisted in developing the guidelines, in a press statement. “Implementing these tactics can significantly improve product quality and reduce the risk that products reaching consumers are out of specifications for oxidation.”
GOED emphasizes that the guidelines do not replace the Voluntary Monograph the organization developed in 2002 to serve as the industry’s quality standard, and that specifies the maximum oxidation limits for ingredients and products falling within its purview.
In fact, the new oxidation guidelines are the third in a set of technical and analytical documents that GOED has released to support the industry—the other two being the Voluntary Monograph and GOED’s 2015 Technical Guidance Document, which directs members to appropriate test methods and protocols for working with various omega-3 oils.
As part of their membership in the organization, GOED's members agree to adhere to product quality and ethical standards that are as strict as, if not stricter than, any set of regulations in the world, the organization states.