Unethical Fish Oil Companies BUSTED!

Not all fish oils products are created equal – (original photo courtesy of Krill Oil Dangers)

We’ve spoken a lot about the importance of taking fish oil for health and recovery.  But what if the fish oil you have isn’t the best?  Take a look at this interesting article from CrossFit AI:

Unethical Fish Oil Companies BUSTED! – by Kevin Kwan

10 Fish Oil companies and 3 major retailers are being sued by the Environmental Blue Line Network & another consumer product advocacy group unethical practices in the testing of their fish oil products by not putting labeling them properly. These companies are being sued as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) was found in their products. PCBs are a man made chemical compound that is tasteless, and odorless there are also 209 compounds of PCBs that can be made. You can find PCBs in the coating of electrical wiring, cutting oils, lubricating oils, hydraulic fluids, sealants etc…(more can be found on wikipedia), these compounds are linked to causing cancer or allowing cancer cells to express themselves, now doesn’t that sound yummy? According to the researcher from Blue Line Network, he advised that many companies test for as little as 7 out of the 209 PCB compounds in their fish oils. I would assume to save money to be able to sell it cheaper to the consumer market. The bottom line of this lawsuit is, if you got crap in your fish oils then put it on the label! But then again in their defense, who would want to buy something that says 400mg of DHA, 300mg EPA, on and we also got 100mg of WD-40.

It is the utmost importance that as consumers that we do a little research to educate yourself, there are hundreds of “natural supplement” companies out there, and the price difference varies on the same product. The rule of thumb we can use is companies that cut corners will have a lower price,  a lower guaranteed potency of their ingredients, and questionable quality of the source. You would have to wonder for example why Costco Kirkland Fish Oil only cost $10.99 for 400 capsules, compared to Nordic Naturals, or the ones we carry Poliquin for $40.99 for 120 capsules. For my BioSignature/Nutritional Clients I only recommend Nordic Naturals for a store bought brand, as they are manufactured and tested the same way as the Poliquin brand is, it is also backed up by caliper measurements for my follow-ups.

Below are the companies being sued

  • GNC Liquid Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
  • Nature Made Cod Liver Oil
  • Nature Made Odorless Fish Oil
  • NOW Foods Shark Liver Oil
  • NOW Foods Double Strength Cod Liver Oil
  • NOW Foods Salmon Oil
  • Solgar 100% Pure Norwegian Shark Liver Oil Complex
  • Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
  • Twinlab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
  • Twinlab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil

The two retailers also in this lawsuit are:

  • Rite-Aid Corp
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • GNC

For more details you can find the case article @ Natural Product Insider or Fishoilsafety.com

Today’s Workout:

Buy In – Kipping Pullup Technique

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  • 3 x 10 Hollow Rocks
  • 2 – 3 x 10 Beat swings
  • 1 – 3 x 10 Kipping Pullups

WOD “Viuda Negra”

AMRAP in 5 min. of:

  • 7 Push Press (95/135lbs)
  • 14 Pistols
  • 21 Double unders

3 Rounds for total reps
Rest 2 minutes between intervals

Cash Out – MWOD

* 5 Way shoulder stretch
* Pigeon pose – 1 minute per side


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