ConsumerLab Review Shows Omega-3 Market Needs Improving

October 11, 2010

In a recent ConsumerLab.com (White Plains, NY) review of omega-3 supplements, 7 out of 24 products were found to have quality problems.

In a recent ConsumerLab.com (White Plains, NY) review of omega-3 supplements, 7 out of 24 products were found to have quality problems.

ConsumerLab’s research team performed the quality tests on store-bought fish oil, krill oil, and algal oil supplements containing eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and/or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Claimed content proved to be a concern with some products provided less than 20% of the claimed EPA/DHA content to 80% over the claimed amount.

Other issues included a children’s fish oil that was found spoiled at the time of purchase, an enteric-coated fish oil that released its nutrients too early, and a pet supplement bearing PCB levels beyond the contamination limit. Several product labels even ran quality claims with no regulatory basis.

Withstanding the poor results of several omega-3 supplements, 17 products did pass testing. ConsumerLab also reports that 15 other omega-3 products passed the organization’s voluntary certification program.

To find out more details about each supplement reviewed, visit ConsumerLab.com.