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Trade Group Disputes Companies’ Claim That Algae-Derived Omega-3s Support Brain Health

October 5, 2011: 01:49 AM EST
A nonprofit trade group representing fish-derived omega-3 product manufacturers has filed a class action lawsuit against Dean Foods and White Wave Foods for making certain “structure-function claims” for an organic milk product containing plant-derived DHA. Filed by  the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (Utah) against Dean Foods and White Wave Foods, the suit alleges that Horizon Organic Milk with DHA-Omega-3’s claim to support brain health is “false, misleading and reasonably likely to deceive the public” because the DHA is derived from algae, not fish oil. The suit says no scientific studies have shown a “causative link” between DHA algal oil – a plant source – and brain health. Such claims have only been validated for fish-derived omega-3s.
"Class Action Filed Against Dean Foods & White Wave for DHA Claims", Nutraceutical World, October 05, 2011, © Rodman Publishing
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