The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) has released a new guideline document to help the omega 3 industry avoid oxidation issues and improve product quality.

The ‘GOED Best-Practice Guidelines on Oxidation Control’ was designed to provide assistance in reducing the risk of oxidation of EPA/DHA-containing oils at all points along the supply chain, from the refinery to consumer, GOED said in a 9 October statement.

“Because oxidation can happen at any stage of handling an EPA/DHA-containing oil or finished product, these best-practice guidelines provide specific approaches on how to handle, store, and sample omega-3 products,” said GOED director of compliance and scientific outreach Gerard Bannenberg.

Bannenberg added that implementing the document’s guides could significantly improve product quality and reduce the risk that products reaching consumers are out of specifications for oxidation.

The guidelines did not replace GOED’s voluntary monograph, which specified the maximum limits of oxidation for the ingredients and products that fell within its range.

The oxidation guideline was the third set of technical and analytical documents GOED has released for the omega 3 industry, with the other two included in the voluntary monograph released in 2002 and the Technical Guidance Document (TGD) published in 2015.

The voluntary monograph was the standard to which all GOED members had to adhere and, according to the GOED, was the strictest in the world.

The TGD was developed to assist GOED members in choosing appropriate analytical test methods and working with various types of omega 3 oils.