Supplement scareBoots withdraws fish oil in dioxins scare

12 April 2006

Boots has withdrawn two batches of its own-brand fish oil capsules due to contamination with chemicals linked to cancer.

The Food Standards Agency said the fish oil used to produce the supplements contained dioxins at levels above legal limits.

Dioxins get into food from the environment. They accumulate in animal fat, particularly in certain types of fish. Dioxins have no immediate health effect, but they can cause health problems, including cancer, if absorbed at a high level over a long period.

Boots writing to customers

Boots has withdrawn some of its packs of 60 super-strength fish oil capsules. It has also placed notices in stores alerting customers and will be writing to Advantage card holders who may have bought the affected products.

A Food Standards Agency spokesman said: "There isn't a health risk associated with the consumption of these products. However, the level found in the fish used to produce these capsules exceeded statutory limits. We are not telling people to stop eating them."

The affected Boots Super Strength Fish Oil Capsules come in packs of 60 and have the batch numbers 5D22 and 5L63.

The recall comes after Seven Seas pulled some of its own-brand supplements last month due to the discovery of dioxins which exceeded legal limits.

Fish oil capsules are taken to help maintain a healthy heart, and healthy joints and skin.