It is said that Australia has three treasures: milk powder, seafood, and health products!

Seafood and milk powder will be put aside today, let’s discuss Australia’s health products. Because of Australia's beautiful environment and strict control of the health care product market, it is deeply loved by the Chinese people. Friends who come to Australia to study or travel will buy some as souvenirs to bring back to relatives and friends. It can be seen how popular the health products of Tai Tuao are.

However, this morning, when I checked the news, a shocking news came out: something happened to Australian health products!

Speaking of Nature's Care, it must be familiar.

Its headquarters is located in the Belrose area of ​​Sydney. It is the third largest health care brand in Australia, second only to Swisse and Blackmores. Its products account for about 7% of the Australian health products market, and 90% of its sales are Through the local pharmacy Chemist Warehouse pharmacy to sell its sub-brand Healthy Care.

Such a large and well-qualified company was recently sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)!

The ACCC complained that the capsules produced by Nature's Care are "almost impossible" to meet the requirements of Australian products and cannot be said to be "Made in Australia" products.

Regarding the labeling of "Made in Australia", I would like to share with the friends here.

In order to distinguish products from other countries and regions, the Australian government began to use the "Australian Made" and "Australian Grown" marks (referred to as AMAG) in 1982. The kangaroo logo has now appeared on more than 10000 products produced in Australia and sold all over the world, and new products are registered every day. Consumers can find all product catalogs on the Australian Made website.

But in the past year or two, Australia has had troublesome food safety issues. Under this circumstance, the new labeling system was emphasized during the Abbott administration last year, and it will be more specific in general, not just the so-called “Made in Australia”.

Under the current system, this logo cannot indicate that this item is 100% Australian, because some "Made in Australia" products may have 100% ingredients from other countries. However, the latest system will be compulsory to indicate that it "uses at least 10% or 96% of raw materials from Australia". It is estimated that when the new label is promoted, everyone will have the opportunity to revisit some "Australian food". The origin of it. Because in the packaging of many things at present, these specific information need you to look carefully before you can read it. At that time, it will be discovered that their origins can actually be complicated, and some of the narratives are even vague.

For example, a piece of beef from the Netherlands that has been cut in Australia will still be labeled "Made in Australia" according to the current standards, but after the implementation of the new method, it will be marked with the percentage of Australia made!

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has issued a notice on its website, "Some products with the'Made in Australia' label may not contain ingredients that are entirely Australian." The ACCC believes that such labels are likely to mislead consumers.

After Australia fully implements the new mandatory country of origin food labeling policy, it means that the standard of "Made in Australia" is higher.

Nature's Care, which was named this time, was the first case after the implementation of the latest "Labeling of Origin Law."

The ACCC, which is responsible for market supervision and enforcement of the new law, said that the fish oil and vitamin D capsules produced by Nature's Care under the brand name "Healthy Care" only put imported active ingredients into capsules made in Australia. To put it bluntly, ACCC believes that Nature's Care is just packing the imported fish oil into capsules, and there is no “substantial transformation” between the product and the imported fish oil. Therefore, it cannot be labeled "Made in Australia".

The “substantial transformation” mentioned here refers to “imported raw materials undergoing one or multiple processing or transformations in the country, resulting in a fundamental difference between the final product and its raw materials in terms of characteristics, types or essential characteristics. . "

For example, you are selling pies. All the raw materials are imported, but the pies themselves are baked in Australia, so the pies can be called'Made in Australia'. But if the entire pie is imported and only packaged in Australia, it should not be labeled "Made in Australia".

Therefore, ACCC believes that this fish oil soft capsule from Nature's Care is not eligible for the "Made in Australia" label. In contrast, if imported raw materials are used to produce tablets or essential oils in Australia, they can be counted as "Made in Australia."

Nature's Care of course expressed dissatisfaction and argued that the raw materials contained in the capsule do include imported fish oil.But the final product contains fish oil+VitaminDOf soft capsules, in terms of characteristics, properties and characteristicsWait for eachaspectThere is a fundamental difference."anyway,...Given that all packaging processes are carried out in Australia, these goods are described as'Made in australia'It is neither misleading nor deceptive."

Nature's Care is really in a hurry. If the product is really sentenced to remove the "Made in Australia" label, it will not only cost a lot of money to replace the new packaging, but more importantly, the removal of this label means the loss of similar products. Competitiveness, especially in the huge Asian market, when buying Australian health products, they basically buy it under the label "Made in Australia". Once the "Made in Australia" label is lost, consumers in Asia will most likely not choose the company's products.

The case is currently in the trial stage.

Regardless of the final judgment, the quality of this fish oil soft capsule is not problematic, and local consumers still like it very much.

However, compared to Nature's Care, Costco fish oil, which is also very popular among Chinese, has recently had an accident, and it is the most disgusting quality problem!

A few months ago, Costco’s popular Kirkland brand fish oil was sued in a US federal court.

According to the "Seattle Times" report, this Kirkland brand fish oil, although not a very high-end brand, has always been loved by the Chinese due to its affordable price, and Costco claims that it uses wild Alaskan salmon as its raw material and has sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids.

A New York brother might have a whim and send this fish oil to two independent laboratories to test to see if it is really so good and cheap.

But the experimental results are shocking: the content of Omega-3 fatty acids in Costco fish oil is actually less than half of the label description!

The first experiment: The label shows that it contains 720 mg of omega-5,6,7,9, 11, 48, XNUMX and XNUMX fatty acids, the actual content is only XNUMX% of the label

The second experiment: the label shows 330 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, the actual content is only 40% of the label

According to research, only fish oil products with Omega-3 purity of more than 85% can truly play a beneficial role in health and help reduce the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis.

In other words, costco fish oil bought for so much money is actually eaten for nothing!

Doesn't this amount to bright fraud?

The New York brother felt that he had been hit critically, so he took the company to court and accused the manufacturer of deceiving consumers.

Is fish oil really useful?

Deep-sea fish oil has become a star product in health care products because of its "pure natural" and "hypertensive" effects. Nowadays, there are frequent incidents, people can't help but wonder, does deep-sea fish oil really have such a great effect?

The rise of deep-sea fish oil dates back to the 90s.

In the mid-90s, the heavyweight magazine "The Lancet" published an article in which Eskimos reduced the incidence of cardiovascular disease by eating deep-sea fish, which caused a sensation in the medical community.

From then on, many doctors and nutritionists began to study the protective effects of deep-sea fish on the cardiovascular system. It was also from that time that fish oil began to come out and was gradually pushed to the altar.

The reason why deep-sea fish oil has an exceptional market is because of its two unsaturated fatty acids: DHA and EPA.

Among them, DHA is commonly known as "brain gold", which has the effect of activating brain cells and healthy eyesight; EPA is called "vascular scavenger", which can clear blood vessels and protect blood circulation.

Therefore, deep-sea fish oil has always been the best choice for many Chinese to return home as gifts, especially among the elderly.

Although it is highly sought after by consumers, is fish oil really effective? Many people have been questioning.

However, a recent study by the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom came to a contradictory conclusion:

In a controlled trial of 1.5 people, fish oil had no obvious effect on preventing cardiovascular diseases and reducing mortality.

This study targeted more than 1.5 diabetic patients without a history of cardiovascular disease. The study showed that patients who take 1 gram of fish oil supplements daily,Although in the bloodEPA-registered household disinfectantsDHALevel increased32.5%, But with daily consumption1There was no difference in the probability of serious cardiovascular events in patients with a placebo.

Previously, researchers from the British Cochrane Collaborative Organization studied 10 people who participated in the trial. There is also very little evidence that fish oil can prevent heart disease. They said that the chance of getting real benefits from the intake of "omega-3" is only one in a thousand.

The lead author of this report, Dr. Lee Hooper of the University of East Anglia, said: “The report provides sufficient evidence that the intake of long-chain “omega-3” (fish oil, EPA or DHA) health products will not It is good for heart health and will not reduce the risk of stroke or death from any cause"

In March this year, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States and other seven countries compiled 3 large-scale controlled studies and found that fish oil does not reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke, nor can it prevent cardiovascular disease in healthy and high-risk groups. event.

In fact, the benefits of directly eating fish far exceed fish oil.

Fish meat is rich in high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. The efficacy of 300 mg of DHA in fish meat is equivalent to that of 600 mg in fish oil. After all, omega-3 is a healthy oil, which has great benefits for people to keep the brain and eyes healthy.

The American Heart Association recommends that deep-sea fish are recommended 2-3 times a week in a fixed diet to help heart health.

But pay special attention: in order to ensure that the nutrition in the fish is not destroyed, only steamed or eaten raw, the fish will lose more than half of the nutrition after frying.

Experts suggest that normal people should eat 2 servings of fish a week, one of which is fatty fish like salmon. In order to achieve the effect of supplementing omega-3.

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, medicine is not as good as food. Although medicine and food are of the same origin, medicinal supplements are always part of the body's natural diet. Some people are in very good physical condition, and medicine supplements are not necessary. They will also take in more nutrients than the body needs, causing additional burdens on the body. Over time is also a kind of damage to the body. Some people are not in good physical condition, and the food tonic cannot meet the needs of the body, so they need medicine tonic.