Consumers sold short on omega-3 oil

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Nearly all fish oil supplements marketed in New Zealand contain much less of the brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, an eye-opening study has found.

When researchers at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute tested 36 different brands of fish oil capsules, just three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids as listed on the label.

Their analysis revealed that the products contained an average of just 68 per cent of the claimed content – and more than two thirds of supplements tested contained less than 67 per cent.

Two products only included only a third of what was on the label.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and Medsafe are now investigating the findings, while the industry body for producers of omega-3 supplements has reacted with surprise.

Fish oil supplements are commonly used in New Zealand.

Oil supplements – although not just omega-3 – were the most frequently used (16 per cent).

The tested products cost between 7c and $1 per gram; bottles of 60 capsules of the supplement

source: nzherald

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