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Environmentalists allege unsafe PCB levels in omega-3s

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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A March 2 lawsuit filed in California state court alleges dietary supplements with omega-3 fatty acids have "undisclosed and unnecessarily high levels of contamination with polychlorinated biphenyl compounds." Environmental advocates and the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation name as defendants: CVS Pharmacy Inc., General Nutrition Corp., Now Health Group Inc., Omega Protein Inc., Pharmavite LLC, Rite Aid Corp., Solgar, Inc. and TwinLab Corp. The lawsuit alleges the supplements have PCB levels above the "safe harbor" limit set for human consumption under California's Proposition 65, which requires warnings about such exposures on product labels. The Council for Responsible Nutrition says the levels of PCBs found in the majority of the products do not appear to exceed the Prop 65 limit of 90 ng per day


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