Saskatoon, SK Canada – Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., the world’s leading supplier of essential fatty acids (EFAs), welcomed the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recent acceptance of omega-3 content claims for food products and dietary supplements.
As a result of the FDA’s decision, content levels for omega-3s such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content levels can be claimed by food and supplement manufacturers. As a strong incentive for the industry to use meaningful amounts of EPA/DHA and ALA, the FDA and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are defining products as “high in” when they contain at least 130 mg per serving of EPA/DHA or contain 260 g or more of ALA. Additional guidelines are in place for products labelled a “good source” and “more”.
“As a company that actively promotes consumer education on the benefits of omega-3s, including flax in particular, we are pleased to have the FDA confirm flaxseed’s status as a high source of ALA,” commented Barry Skorobohach, Bioriginal’s quality manager. Every lot of Bioriginal’s flax oils are third-party tested using stringent procedures to ensure their products’ omega-3 contents are as high as possible. The company’s
1000 mg flax oil capsule contains 430 g of ALA, qualifying as “high in ALA”, according to the new guidelines.
The FDA’s approach of having predetermined levels of EPA/DHA and ALA will prohibit food and supplement marketers from calling attention to these nutrients in labelling claims if they only contain smaller, inconsequential amounts. Consumers will benefit from knowing exactly how much of these omega-3s a product contains, allowing them to make more informed decisions when purchasing.
FDA acceptance of omega-3 claims occurred when the 120-day time period had passed without contest on May 16, 2004. The original petition submitted to the FDA can be found at http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/04/may04/051904/04n-0217-cp00001-01-vol1.pdf.
Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., Saskatoon, SK, Canada www.bioriginal.com
Bioriginal is the world’s leading supplier of essential fatty acids, with a distribution network which spans six continents and includes offices in Canada, Europe and China. In addition to our signature flax and borage oils, Bioriginal delivers EFA oils from evening primrose, black currant and fish. Bioriginal also produces organic flaxseed products and custom formulations targeting specific health concerns.