Omega-3 Supplement Category Fares Well Against CRN Quality Standards

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2004—Thirty-eight of 41 omega-3 dietary supplement products recently tested met quality standards established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The tests were conducted by using quality standards from a CRN voluntary monograph for identity, strength and purity.
All 41 of the products complied with stringent limits for environmental contaminants including mercury and PCBs, according to the announcement made on the website (

“This is good news for consumers,” says Ian Newton, industry consultant and executive director of the CRN Omega-3 Working Group. “As consumers recognize the growing amount of scientific research that shows numerous health benefits for omega-3 fish oils, it is reassuring for them to also learn that they can have confidence that these benefits can be obtained from high quality omega-3 dietary supplements.”

The CRN Omega-3 Working Group established the voluntary monograph on quality standards in October 2002, in order to help ensure the potency, purity, and freshness of Omega-3 EPA and DHA dietary supplements. The recent test results show that many companies are complying with the CRN monograph, showing substantial improvement over previous test results. In November 2001, 14 out of 20 products passed when tested by

The Food and Drug Administration recently allowed a qualified health claim for foods and supplements containing Omega-3 EPA and DHA, recognizing scientific evidence showing benefits for heart health. These key fatty acids also play an important role in brain function, in controlling inflammation, and in promoting healthy infant development.

According to CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., “The CRN Omega-3 monograph represents a commitment to product quality on the part of ingredient suppliers and product marketers in the dietary supplement industry. CRN encourages companies in other supplement product categories to pursue similar efforts to ensure that consumers are provided with high quality dietary supplements.”

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices. For more information on CRN, visit

Judy Blatman

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