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Glossary of Omega-3 Terminology

 

A

ALA omega-3

Alpha-linolenic Acid

C

CFIA

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

C

cGMP

current Good Manufacturing Practices

C

CRN

Council for Responsible Nutrition

D

Dioxins

Dioxins are a polychlorinated aromatic compound that has two benzene rings joined to a 1,4-dioxin ring. Dioxins belong to a broad class of toxic compounds and environmental pollutants with varying levels of toxicity.

C

DHA omega-3

Docosahexaenoic Acid

E

EE

Ethyl Ester form of omega-3

C

Enteric Technology

A polymer barrier surrounding oral capsule to protect contents from stomach acids

C

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

C

EPA omega-3

Eicosapentaenoic Acid

C

Eu. Pharm

European Pharmacopoeia Standard

C

EU

European Union

F

FDA

United States Food and Drug Administration

C

Furans

Furans are a polychlorinated aromatic compound that has two benzene rings joined to a central furan ring. Furans belong to a broad class of toxic compounds and environmental pollutants with varying levels of toxicity.

G

GOED

Global Organization of EPA & DHA Omega-3

C

GRAS

FDA “Generally Recognized As Safe”

H

HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point standards

M

MDA

Minimum Daily Allowances

N

NNHPD

The Canadian Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate

C

NFSA

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority

O

Opacifier

A substance added to a material to make the ensuing system opaque

P

PAHs

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are toxic organic compounds

C

PCBs

Polychlorinated biphenyl is a toxic synthetic organic chemical

C

PCDDs

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins,or simply dioxins are toxic organic compounds

C

PCDFs

Polychlorinated dibenzofurans, or simply furans are toxic organic compounds

C

pH scale

A measure of acidity. Low pH is acidic. High pH is alkaline.

C

Peroxide values

A measure of freshness

C

Plasticizers

Additives that increase the plasticity or fluidity of a material.

C

PPB

Parts per billion

C

PPM

Parts per million

T

TEQ/g

Toxic Equivalents/ gram is used to report the toxicity-weighted mixtures of dioxins

C

TG

Triglyceride form of omega-3

U

USP

United States Pharmacopoeia

W

WHO

World Health Organization