The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation announced this morning that after months of testing and investigation, they are suing ten fish oil companies.
The Foundation found that all 10 fish oil supplements they tested (there are 100 on the market, they have not yet tested them all) contained Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB compounds). According to the Foundation's Website, www.fishoilsafety.com, PCBs are "man-made industrial chemicals with long track records as some of the worst environmental pollutants and human health threats."
So what can we do as consumers? The Foundation found that some omega-3 fish oils have lower amounts of PCBs than others. Of the ten products they have tested, those that contained the lowest levels of PCBs are (in order): Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, TwinLab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, GNC Liquid Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, and TwinLab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil. Another option is to take omega-3 supplements that are created from plant oils, instead of fish oil. After testing, it was determined that plant oil supplements do not contain PCBs.