According to a new survey conducted in the US and published on FoodNavigator-USA.com, nearly a third of those interviewed said that they intend to eat less seafood regardless of its origin. This comes in the wake of the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Considering the environmental impact of the disaster, it's understandable that people have become very cautious about origins of their seafood and fish products.
However, this shouldn't mean that you need to reduce the amount of seafood in your daily diet, including omega-3/DHA fish oil supplements. The health benefits of supplementing with a quality fish oil product cannot be emphasized enough. BUT...and this is a serious but, you need to know exactly where your fish oil comes from. In other words, full transparency explaining where it's sourced.
That's just the beginning...you also need to know exactly what the levels of purity are. Does the supplier of your fish oil show you everything? Do they allow independent laboratories to conduct full comprehensive PCB analysis tests on their omega-3/DHA fish oil products? Do they show customers test results for mercury complete with COAs (Certificates of Analysis)?
At Xtend-Life, our Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil is sourced from the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean off New Zealand. We conduct some of the strictest PCB tests in the industry and ensure that our customers can view the latest tests for mercury as well as our COA. We strive to give our customers the purest, freshest, and safest omega-3 fish oil available...and we've got the proof to show it.
An excerpt from the article on FoodNavigator-USA.com regarding the survey can be found below:
"The survey – conducted jointly by the University of Minnesota and the Louisiana State University AgCenter, and funded by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense – is part of an ongoing study that tracks consumers' perceptions about food safety and the food supply. Its latest results, based on responses during the six weeks following the spill, are based on telephone interviews with 1,076 individuals, and suggest that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could affect the wider seafood industry. It found that 89 percent of respondents were at least somewhat concerned about the potential effect of the spill on the safety of seafood from the Gulf, and 50 percent said they were 'extremely concerned'. Regarding the oil spill’s effect on seafood consumption habits, 54 percent reported some impact, 44 percent of that group said they would only eat seafood that they know does not come from the Gulf of Mexico, and another 31 percent said they would eat less seafood regardless of its origin."