Codex Finally Adopts Fish Oil Standard

Jennifer Grebow
Jennifer Grebow

Jennifer Grebow is the editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook, an award-winning media-content provider in the dietary supplement and natural products market. Nutritional Outlook, an MJH Life Sciences brand, provides insights and industry updates critical to manufacturers of dietary supplements, healthy foods, and nutritious beverages. Nutritional Outlook keeps industry abreast of current market trends, research updates, news, and regulatory developments. Nutritional Outlook goes beyond the 24-hour news cycle and provides in-depth analysis to help industry players navigate the challenges and changes in the near- and long-term. Nutritional Outlook is a brand of MJH Life Sciences, the largest privately held, independent, full-service medical media company in North America, dedicated to delivering trusted health care news across multiple channels.

This standard is the first Codex Alimentarius standard for fish oil as well as krill oil.

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED; Salt Lake City, UT) confirmed this week that the Codex Alimentarius Commission has finally adopted a fish oil standard. Nutritional Outlookreported back in March that the fish oil standard was making its way to the Codex Alimentarius Commission for possible adoption this July.

This standard is the first Codex Alimentarius standard for fish oil as well as krill oil. Codex Alimentarius standards are not mandatory regulation, but some countries adopt Codex standards as their own standards. Prior to arriving at a finished standard, the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO), which developed the standard, worked for years to gather and to take into account the comments, criticisms, and concerns of various countries. Countries like Chile continue to have concerns about how fatty acid profiles are established because the standard uses these fatty acids to determine an oil’s identity. The concern is that fatty acid profiles can in fact change over time-for instance, due to environmental conditions-but that making future changes to the Codex standard to reflect these changes will take a long time, during which time companies may suffer an economic impact. In addition, the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) must still review the standard’s labeling portion, GOED reports.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission is part of the FAO/WHO that develops international food standards.

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