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  • BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH
  • Rheinpromenade 1
  • 40789 Monheim am Rhein
  • http://www.monheim.basf.de
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  • Caron Blitz
  • +1 (847) 945-0101

Cognis Reaffirms Superior Quality of Omevital(TM) Omega-3 Fish Oil

(PresseBox) (Monheim, ) Cognis Nutrition & Health is reassuring its customers that its Omevital(TM) omega-3 fish oil ingredients exceed globally accepted quality tests following media coverage of a California lawsuit filed against dietary supplement manufacturers and retailers. Fish oil was just one of the products mentioned in the lawsuit which also included cod liver oil, shark liver oil and salmon oil.

The lawsuit was filed in California where a state law, Proposition 65, requires consumer warning of any known carcinogens such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds. The lawsuit claims that minor trace amounts of PCB compounds should be disclosed under California's Prop 65 regulations.

Cognis is not a current supplier of fish oil to any of the retail manufacturers named in the lawsuit. "Cognis' Omevital(TM) omega-3 ingredients are produced with unsurpassed safety standards that meet national as well as worldwide quality markers," said Jeff Naese, Omevital(TM) Regional Product Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health.

Mr. Naese pointed to multiple reasons supporting the Omevital(TM) gold standard for quality excellence:

- Every batch is tested for more than 250 impurities
- All Omevital(TM) products fully comply with FDA health and safety standards
- Strict protocols ensure every batch is tested by an independent thirdparty lab
- Omevital(TM) exceeds the industry standard - the GOED Voluntary Monograph for purity
- Fish oil has been safely used for decades

Cognis is a corporate member of GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA omega 3's. The GOED Monograph develops strict quality standards for marinesourced omega-3 products to ensure consumer safety. According to GOED, "members must sign affidavits agreeing to manufacture and market products to the Monograph standards as a condition of membership." Additionally, GOED continues to update the Monograph based on all relevant legislation worldwide, including Proposition 65's Safe Harbor limits related to carcinogenic activity such as No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) and Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs). It should be noted that California's Prop 65 warning limit for PCB's is significantly lower than the level that the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regard as safe.

Cognis analyzes every single finished batch of fish oil for 250 different impurities including PCBs as calculated according to the toxicity equivalent factor set by the WHO. Compared to Proposition 65, where the daily NSRL level is 90 ng/g as a maximum limit, Cognis' fish oil registers at a negligible 5 ng/g, dramatically below the NSRL. Cognis also utilizes independent external testing of Omevital(TM) products to ensure it meets or exceeds all safety guidelines set forth by regulatory agencies.

"Omega-3 fish oils enjoy a strong foundation of health benefits supported by solid scientific research and safety evidence generated by international experts for several decades. When our customers purchase Omevital (TM) omega-3 fish oil they can continue to do so with confidence," Mr. Naese said.

About Omevital(TM) Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Cognis' Omevital(TM) omega-3 products contain the longchain fatty acids, EPA and DHA, known to have a variety of health benefits, especially for the heart and brain. The ingredients are kosher, non-GMO and selfaffirmed GRAS. Derived from high purity, salt water fish, Cognis exclusively uses sustainable sources to ensure adequate fish stocks and maintain environmental balance. Omevital(TM) omega-3s' superior sensory profile allow the ingredients to be easily formulated in dietary supplements and a wide range of food and beverage applications without altering the taste or smell.

For more information about Omevital(TM) omega-3 fish oil, visit www.cognis.com, call 800.673.3702 or email cognis.nhcustserv@cognis.com.

BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,600 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2008, Cognis recorded sales of about 3 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 351 million euros.

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