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Tests Show Some Popular Fish Oil Supplements Do Not Contain Promised Levels Of Omega-3s

January 22, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A chemical testing company that analyzed 30 top-selling brands of fish oil supplements found six whose levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 30 percent lower than stated on the labels. The tests also showed that at least 12 products contained levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – promoted as beneficial for brain and heart health – that were 14 percent lower than stated. Fish oil products – a largely unregulated market that – generated about $1.2 billion in sales among millions of consumers in the United States in 2013, “making them among the most popular dietary supplements on the market”.
Anahad O'Connor, "What’s in Your Fish Oil Supplements?", The New York Times, January 22, 2014, © The New York Times Company
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