Consumers Concerned With Recent Mercury Alert Can Safely Take Fish Oil Supplements

Pronova Biocare Responds To Recent EFSA Published Opinion

LYSAKER, Norway, April 21, 2004 --In response to a recent opinion published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stating there may be health risks associated with foods contaminated with mercury, Pronova Biocare, one of the largest fish oil producers in the world and makers of EPAX® Omega-3 fish oils, articulates that their fish oil supplements meet or exceed all purity standards ensuring removal of all heavy metals, including mercury.

The commitment to produce the highest quality products led Pronova to develop innovative, patent-pending processing steps. A multi-step purification and concentration process, which includes molecular distillation, guarantees that EPAX significantly exceeds established FDA purity standards. The low levels of contaminants are extensively controlled by analysis on every product and documented in the Certificate of Analysis for each delivery. Additionally, Pronova’s fish oils are far below the new Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN) voluntary fish oil monograph for mercury, which most companies now refer to as the standard.

“Fresh and farmed fish can contain high levels of mercury,” stated Morten Bryhn, M.D., Ph.D., director of research and development for Pronova Biocare. “At Pronova we strive to produce the highest quality fish oil that is rid of all contaminates making them extremely safe for our consumers.”

Pronova Biocare, headquartered in Lysaker, Norway, offers marine omega-3 oils in the B2B segment under the registered trademark EPAX. Pronova is a specialist in the production of concentrated omega-3 products. They offer products ranging from standard 30 percent material to materials with more than 70 percent omega-3. The concentrated products contain different EPA/DHA ratios built around concepts, backed by scientific research, to help their customers market the omega-3 products. Pronova has invested millions of dollars over the last fifteen years supporting the research of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA on general wellness and specific health conditions.

The health benefits of marine omega-3 fatty acids are increasingly being accepted worldwide. The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization both support the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to diets citing their importance in maintaining good health. For further information on Pronova Biocare and EPAX products visit or contact Tiia Sumera at 801.538.0777 ext. 112 or [email protected].

Tiia Sumera, IMG
Pronova Biocare
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone: 801.538.0777 ext. 112

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