What is IFOS™?
Provided by Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc., IFOS™ is a voluntary third party testing and certification program that is offered to finished product and raw material manufacturers of fish oil. IFOS™ testing provides peace of mind to consumers of fish oil products because it ensures that their trusted brands are of the highest quality.
Elite IFOS™ 5-Star Quality
How can you tell that a product is IFOS™ 5-star certified? Look at the box! Every Ideal Omega® carton is marked with the blue IFOS™ logo with five gold stars next to it. This means that every lot is tested under the 5-star system. The 5-star rating is only awarded to the very best fish oil products. In order for a product to obtain the coveted 5-star rating, it must meet the following criteria:
- Passed all IFOS™ testing categories
- All active ingredients meet their label claim
- Oxidation levels must be lower than 75% of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) standard
- PCB levels must be less than 50% of the CRN standard
- Dioxin levels must be less than 50% of World Health Organization (WHO) standards
Ideal Omega® products are also tested to be safe from harmful radiation. Nutrasource added radiation testing to the 5-star requirement in 2014 through the IFOS™ program to ensure that every IFOS™ tested product is absolutely safe from harmful radiation. In fact, IFOS™ limits are seven times lower than EU radiation limits on infant formula and twelve times lower than the limits on other foodstuffs.
IFOS™ is the only program that tests each and every batch of fish oil products to ensure stability and freshness. IFOS™ consumer reports demonstrate the Ideal Omega® commitment to transparency and traceability. We encourage you to visit www.ifosprogram.com to view consumer-accessible third party Certificates of Analysis (COAs) for maximum transparency. Consumers can download and print a copy for each and every batch of Ideal Omega® products.
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MSC Certified Sustainable Fishing Practices.
Many Fisheries around the world face the threat of overfishing through Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a global non-profit established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. MSC is the gold standard in sustainable fishing practices certifications. The MSC uses its blue ecolabel to certify seafood products that bear this mark are sourced from sustainably fished and managed fisheries.
Single Species Source.
Because of the simplicity and transparency of the MSC chain of custody programme, Ideal Omega® consumers can rest assured that their fish oil supplements are what they claim. Some estimates place mislabeling of seafood by fishmongers and in packaged seafood to be as high as 30%. With these issues, the value of a single species source means sustainability is not merely a bold claim for Ideal Omega® but a fact that can be backed up with fisheries assessments, bycatch reports, and sound ecological fisheries management.