Friday, March 12, 2010
Self Therapy....in Poetic Form
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court by the Oregon group
Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation and two individuals, claims that
under California's Proposition 65, the makers and sellers of fish oil
supplements are required to tell consumers that the pills contain the
compound polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB.
Fish oil has become an increasingly popular supplement because it has high
levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
More than 100 brands of fish oil are available. The plaintiffs in the
lawsuit tested 10 products, all of which had some amount of PCB, they say.
They found wide ranges in PCB levels, but because scientists haven't
agreed on a safe level of consumption, consumers should be made aware of
potentially toxic compounds in their supplements no matter what the
amount, said David Roe, attorney for the plaintiffs.
"People buy fish oil to improve their health," Roe said Tuesday in a
teleconference with reporters. "We have no way of knowing if all of the
other fish oil products have PCB, too."
The lawsuit names CVS/Pharmacy, General Nutrition Corp. (GNC stores), Now
Health Group, Omega Protein, Rite Aid, Solgar, Twinlab and Pharmavite,
which produces Nature Made supplements, as defendants.
Representative of those companies said they wouldn't comment because they
hadn't seen the lawsuit.
PCBs were once used to insulate transformers and capacitors, but were
banned more than 30 years ago. They are still found in San Francisco Bay
and other waterways, where they are consumed by fish.
Most people don't eat enough fish to risk serious exposure to PCBs, Roe
said, but because people generally take fish oil supplements every day,
they can potentially consume harmful levels of the chemical.
PCBs can cause cancer, reproductive problems and damage to the nervous
system, environmental scientists have said.
A list of products named in the PCB lawsuit. C4
The products named in the PCB lawsuit are:
-- GNC Liquid Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
-- Nature Made Cod Liver Oil
-- Nature Made Odorless Fish Oil
-- Now Foods Double Strength Cod Liver Oil
-- Now Foods Salmon Oil
-- Now Foods Shark Liver Oil
-- Solgar 100 percent pure Norwegian Shark Liver Oil Complex
-- Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
-- Twinlab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
-- Twinlab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil