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Published on August 21st, 2015

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Is your “cod liver oil” from cod?

“The label said red snapper. The lab said baloney” was the title of a recent Consumer Reports expose on widespread fraud in the seafood industry. Because most consumers want what they pay for — and people with allergies may stake their lives on it — authenticity and sustainability have become major issues in the fish and seafood industries.  As a result, laboratories are coming up with ever more sophisticated methods to verify identity, expose adulteration and even pinpoint the habitat.

In the cod liver oil industry, fraud has been a problem at least since the mid nineteenth century. The real stuff (Gadus morhua) has become increasingly expensive due to scarcity and overfishing, and unscrupulous manufacturers often substitute cheaper oils.  As a result, many so-called “arctic cod liver oils” derive from other fish, and some are diluted with vegetable oil besides.

Fortunately, science is now able to “out” any products in which something is “fishy.” DNA technology can now accurately distinguish all common fish and seafood as well as most exotic species. Additionally, it can identify species of fresh, canned and frozen fish in readymade products so long as they are present at levels greater than ten percent. Unfortunately, DNA procedures do not work well with oils.

But they do tell the truth about livers.

Curious about the Green Pasture brand Fermented Cod Liver Oil?  It’s a premium priced product and endorsed by many prominent health experts so it must be from cod, right?  Find out with my free special report Hook, Line and Stinker: The Truth about Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  To get yours, click here.

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5 Responses to Is your “cod liver oil” from cod?

  1. It is about time that this information got out to the public. The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, the original 63 year old one in California, not the new under 20 year old one in DC, has been working to educate the public regarding what Dr. Price (and Dr. Pottenger and others) actually said and wrote, for many years. Since the 63 year old original foundation is the only legal archive and copyright holder of all of Dr. Weston Price’s writings, photographs and research, they often get contacted to verify or validate any of many supposed quotes, which in fact oftentimes he never said! Congratulations to Kaayla for investing so much time and money to FINALLY get all these facts about cod liver oil out to the public. It takes a lot of guts, a real desire for the truth, and a thick skin for all the main stream attacks that exposing this kind of information can generate. I applaud her for her efforts. We need more expert investigators like Kaayla, Andrew Wakefield, and the recent CDC researcher/ whistle blower who blew the whistle on CDC vaccine research fraudulent reporting. Now we need the public and other professionals to closely look at what Kaayla has discovered and proven, and to realize that it is both factual and important, rather than to dismiss it in favor of their current incorrect long held beliefs. In Seach of Unknown Facts is one of the most important buttons on my own web site, and it looks like I will have to add yet another unknown fact to my current list, based on her extensive and careful scientific research. Thank you Kaayla. Keep up the good work. Arrogant ignorance is our greatest enemy in science.

    • DrKaayla says:

      Thanks, David. I highly recommend that everyone visit ppnf.org and get their free eBook on what Dr. Price said about cod liver oil.

  2. Naomi Aldort says:

    Hello Kaalya,

    I appreciate that you are after truth in health products. I am rather confused by the beginning of your writing on FCLO because it is all quotes of online forums. I don’t know a single products that doesn’t have lots of bad opinions online; even the best of products do. Bad reviews and forums’ talk are not a proof of anything at all. This leaves me with a feeling of ganging on this company. There are thousands of good reviews and testimonials about them too. It does not seem professional and ethical to quote a bunch of selected negative online forum talk.

    Second: The taste of a product is not a proof of anything either. If the producer wanted to deceive us and sell us some rancid diluted product, it seems to me he would make it taste good!! If anything, the bad taste draws me to believe in the integrity of the product or at the least it proves nothing.

    Third: The results of the labs tests according to Weston Price site seem to contradict your labs work. So I personally am left to trust my taste buds and body’s response which is all positive. I like your work and think it is very important but in this case I wonder if there was something invalid in the testing system or some other misunderstanding. Did you explore your points with the owner directly?

    You seem passionately sure of the findings, but I am not because real knowledge requires that we hear both sides, side by side. But all I have is your lab works and separately, the company’s lab work as is available on Weston Price site and on Green Pasture site. You should have a face to face conversation on video and publish your points and Green Pasture’s response to them. I believe in the goodness of people and in giving them opportunity to respond.

    I have nothing to do with either side and am not invested in the finding. I am just curious and hopefully helpful.

    Thank you,
    Naomi Aldort

  3. Francisco Gonzalez says:

    Allaskan pollock is a species of cod.

    • DrKaayla says:

      Yes, and I discussed that in Hook, Line and Stinker. It is deceptive labeling to call a product cod liver oil, when its actually from a much cheaper fish, pollock. Furthermore, the nutritional profile is very different from both Alaskan cod and Nordic cod. For Sally Fallon and Dave Wetzel to insist that “pollock is cod” is unacceptable.

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