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Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Processing Class Action

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength is a dietary supplement made by Mimi’s Rock Corporation (MRC). The complaint for this class action alleges that the company engages in deceptive advertising of the fish oil, because it has undergone a chemical process that turns it into something that is no longer fish oil and does not provide the advantages of fish oil.

The National Class for this action is all persons in the US who bought MRC’s product in the US during the applicable statute of limitations period. The California Class is all persons in California who bought MRC’s product in California during the applicable statute of limitations period.

According to the complaint, “Numerous studies have shown that consuming fatty fish 2-3 times a week may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as provide[] a myriad of additional health benefits.” However, most Americans don’t eat fatty fish that often, and they often take fish oil supplements, which the complaint claims became in 2012 “the most commonly used non-vitamin, non-mineral dietary supplement sold in the US…”

The Dr. Tobias product, the complaint says, “claims to be a Triple Strength Fish Oil containing [] 2,000 mg of Fish Oil including 800 mg of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (‘EPA’) and 600 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (‘DHA’)—the essential omega-3 fatty acids that naturally occur in fish.”

However, the complaint alleges that the product does not in fact provide those benefits. “Contrary to what is represented on the label, however, this Product is not fish oil, nor does it contain a single milligram of EPA or DHA.” This is because of the process it has undergone, the complaint says: “Through a chemical process known as trans-esterification, ethanol, an industrial solvent, is introduced into fish oil and combined with catalyst to break the natural triglyceride bonds and cleave the glycerol backbone from the fatty acid molecules.”

What does this do? “Fish oil is stripped of hundreds of its constituent sub ingredients, and the Omega-3s, which including DHA and EPA, are converted into ethyl esters of fatty acids. Critically, these newly formed ethyl esters of fatty acids are different than the [Omega-3s] which exist naturally in fish oil.” They are now, the complaint claims, “Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters.”

According to the complaint, the product should no longer be labeled as fish oil. It refers to the “trans-esterification process” as “a means of boosting profits.”

The causes of action include unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business practices and false advertising, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Processing Complaint

May 28, 2021

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength is a dietary supplement made by Mimi’s Rock Corporation (MRC). The complaint for this class action alleges that the company engages in deceptive advertising of the fish oil, because it has undergone a chemical process that turns it into something that is no longer fish oil and does not provide the advantages of fish oil.

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Processing Complaint

Case Event History

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Processing Complaint

May 28, 2021

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength is a dietary supplement made by Mimi’s Rock Corporation (MRC). The complaint for this class action alleges that the company engages in deceptive advertising of the fish oil, because it has undergone a chemical process that turns it into something that is no longer fish oil and does not provide the advantages of fish oil.

Dr. Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil Processing Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Does Not Contain Implied Ingredients