FSA plays down fish oil cancer fears

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The Food Standards Agency has played down concerns following reports that some batches of Seven Seas fish oil may contain toxins linked to cancer.

"The Seven Seas products have slightly exceeded legal limits for dioxins in food but the levels reported in these products do not pose a risk to health," a Food Standards Agency spokesperson told the Daily Mail.

Routine tests carried out on Seven Seas high and extra-strength cod liver oil capsules found 2.7mcg of dioxin per kilo. The legal limit for dioxin is 2.0mcg per kilo.

Some other joint care and concentration-enhancing capsules were also reportedly affected. All products affected have been withdrawn from sale.

Dioxins are commonly found in the environment and only become a cause for concern when administered in high doses over a sustained period.

For more information visit the FSA website