Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Comments on Proposed Draft Standard for Fish Oils

In a letter dated January 15, 2013, to Secretariat, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Joint WHO/FAO Food Standards Programme and Malaysian Secretariat for CCFO, Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, CRN Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Douglas MacKay, ND, and Vice President of Scientific & International Affairs James C. Griffiths, Ph.D., DABT, summarized the Council’s recommendations on the proposed draft standard for fish oils.
The summary included the following topics:

• A recommendation that the process steps for concentrated oils be removed from section 2.5.
• A request for a more in-depth review of the data used to develop Table 1 to ensure scientific validity.
• A recommendation to incorporate realistic oxidation parameters for flavored fish oils.
• A recommendation that the issue of additives used in fish oils be deferred to the Codex Committee on Food Additives.
• We recommend that the issue of contaminants in fish oils be deferred to the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods.
• We recommend that the issue of analytical methods be deferred to the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling.

Further details on these recommendations covered:
• Section 2.5, Concentrated Fish Oils
• Section 3.1, GLC Ranges of Fatty Acid Composition
• Section 3.2, Oxidation Parameters
• Section 4, Food Additives
• Section 5, Contaminants
• Section 8, Methods of Analysis and Sampling

To read the letter in its entirety, visit

Source: Accessed January 15,

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