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Labelling & testing of omega-3 fatty acid in food supplements

Consumers have a variety of ways to satisfy their daily omega-3 intake. While a balanced diet is one option, omega-3 can also be taken in through food supplements containing fish or algae oil. Foods that are rich in omega-3 include fatty fish (e.g. mackerel or salmon), walnuts and plant oils. Plant oils especially rich in omega-3 include rapeseed and linseed oil.


What exactly is omega-3?


Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. These are healthy as they regulate blood lipid levels, improve blood flow, and have anti-inflammatory effects. They belong to the essential fatty acids, meaning the body cannot produce them naturally. Therefore, food is required to take this fatty acid in.


Labelling of omega-3 food supplements


On the labelling of omega-3 food supplements, health claims are often made, such as “EPA and DHA contribute to normal heart function”. Health claims describe a relationship between a food category, a food or one of its constituents on the one hand and health on the other. Nutrition claims describe positive nutritional properties of a food due to the energy or nutrients it provides, in a reduced or increased form.

Both the nutritional and health benefits must be based on scientific evidence. Use is only possible if the claims are part of a positive list (Nutrition Claims in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 and Health Claims in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 432/2012).


What services does bilacon offer for omega-3 supplements?


At bilacon, we determine the omega-3 content, which enables producers to provide their consumers with accurate labelling. With our state-of-the-art equipment we are able to identify even the smallest traces of a fatty acid. This technology enables our clients to provide total transparency to their customers and maximize the potential of their product before it goes to market.

In addition, bilacon is your competent partner for the correct labelling of food supplements.


Do you wish to learn more about our services? Contact our expert and we will be happy to help:

Nicole Schröer
+49 30 206 038 133

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