Prop 65 settlement approved for omega-3 products

Prop 65 settlement approved for omega-3 products

30 member companies of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) settled the Prop 65 case for omega-3s and have been granted operating certainty around limits for PCBs and other toxins.

An agreement was approved and entered into the California Superior Court on February 1 between 30 member companies of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) and the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation giving these companies operating certainty around Proposition 65 limits for dioxins, furans, PCBs and dioxin-like PCBs in products with EPA and DHA omega-3s.  California had not previously set reproductive toxicity exposure limits for these compounds, or clarified how PCBs were to be measured for compliance with the State’s warning label law.
 
In addition, GOED previously reached an agreement with Chris Manthey and Benson Chiles, founders of FishOilSafety.com, that assures that these plaintiffs will not start any new lawsuits against GOED member companies whose products meet the agreement's standards. This agreement also requires GOED to perform testing of product pulled from California retail shelves as well as to incorporate the settlement's standards into the GOED Voluntary Monograph.
 
The settlement's PCB standards are similar to what already exists in the standards GOED requires of its members (shown in the table below).
 
 
Parameter
GOED Voluntary Monograph (Today)
GOED Voluntary Monograph – Proposed post-settlement
GOED Voluntary Monograph – December 31, 2012
Total PCBs
0.09mg/kg
(7 congeners)
0.09mg/kg*
(209 congeners)
0.09mg/kg*
(209 congeners)
Sum of Dioxins, Furans, and Dioxin-Like PCBs (PCDD/F WHO-TEq)
5pg/g
(max 2pg/g PCDD/F, max 3pg/g dl-PCBs)
4pg/g
3pg/g
 
* To avoid triggering Prop 65 warning requirements in California, consumer products also need to make sure that total exposure of PCBs from the labeled dosage is less than 0.09mg (90ng).
 
The GOED member companies who are parties to the settlement with the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation are:
Aker Biomarine
Aurora Algae
Austral Group
Azantis
Barlean's Organic Oils
BASF
Biodroga
Bioriginal Food & Science
Bizen Chemical
Copeinca
Croda Chemical
Denomega
DSM Nutritional Products
Epax
GC Rieber Oils
Golden Omega
J.R. Carlson Laboratories
K.D. Pharma
Marine Nutriceutical
Maruha Corporation
Nordic Naturals
Ocean Nutrition Canada
Omega Natural Science (OmegaBrite)
Organic Technologies
Originates
Pharma Marine
Pharmline
Solutex
TASA
Tishcon
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