Fish oil capsules have long been suspected of including small amounts of toxic PCBs, but a new lawsuit contends some manufacturers of the supplements contain far more of the banned chemicals than others.
Oakland attorney David Roe, who filed the suit on behalf of the Eureka-based Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation (known for their actions seeking enforcement of California's Proposition 65) and two other plaintiffs, says it included actions against General Nutrition Center and CVS Pharmacy stores because it is important that the consumer warnings also be prominently placed in locations where consumers purchase these products.
Roe says the tests his clients have conducted, and the lawsuit those tests prompted, are also intended to encourage the industry that produces fish oil supplements to do more rigorous testing themselves.
A new website set up to publicize the lawsuit has details on the legal action as well as an online petition calling for stronger labeling requirements. There is also a list of the products tested and their test results. A summary graph is shown below.