Recently in California it was discovered that many common brands of fish oil contain up to 70 times the permissible "safe" levels of lead and PCBs. There were 74 manufacturers that were named in a suit on behalf of proposition 65 in California that requires companies to disclose that their product had been tested to have unsafe levels of lead. Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 requiring manufacturers to notify potential consumers of possible lead exposure.
Funny thing about this is that lead was high in these fish oils. Lead is not normally a concern in fish oil manufacturing but mercury is because of the fish source. Since lead is the object of prop 65 and mercury is not, I think it is still reasonable to be concerned about accumulating mercury levels from these fish oils. One patient I treated for very high levels of lead and mercury in the blood (recent exposure) could only isolate his lead and mercury exposure to a fish oil purchased at a common Warehouse coop and one dinner with swordfish in the past 2 months. After stopping the fish oil, and starting a clean one I recommended, his blood lead and mercury levels went back to normal after a few months. PCBs are also a huge concern in fish oils and farmed salmon.
There was also one reported incident of Selenium toxicity in a patient taking a multiple vitamin/mineral supplement that contained 200 TIMES the stated level of Selenium on the label. This post is to warn all of you out there to be careful that your supplement products are manufacturer using GMP practices (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification. The scary thing is that a few of these companies cited in California for excessive Lead and PCBs had GMP certification. Below is the list of companies named in the suit in California.
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DEFENDANTS NAMED IN THE LAWSUIT in California
21st Century Healthcare, Inc.
Apex Fitness Group, A division of 24 Hour Fitness USA
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation
Buried Treasure, a division of Life Line Food Inc.
Davinci Laboratories of Vermont
Designs For Health
Dynamic Health Laboratories
Foodscience of Vermont
Health Authority Dba Doctor's Trust Vitamins
Dba Health Xpress
J.R. Carlson Laboratories
Metabolic Maintenance Products
Mountain Naturals of Vermont
Nature's Way Products
Optimal Nutrients, USA, a division of Pegasus Plus
Pioneer Nutritional Formulas
Pure Essence Laboratories
Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems
Spring Valley Herbs & Natural Foods
Supernutrition Life-extension Research
The Daily Wellness Company
The Vitamin Shoppe Industries
Threshold Enterprises, the Parent Company Of Source Naturals
True Fit Vitamins