Evaluation of nutraceutical product labelings which contain omega-3 fatty acid in drugstores networks located in Cascavel-PR

Gabrielle Racoski Custódio, Simona Renz Baldin, Jaqueline Franciele Caetano de Oliveira, Luciana Oliveira de Fariña


Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat considered essential for the body. This compound is SOLD as a nutraceutical in Brazil, being widely consumed by the population due to its functional properties. According to its health benefits, this paper aimed to investigate the labeling of nutraceutical products sold in drugstores in the city of Cascavel, Paraná state - Brazil and verify its compliance with current legislation. The research was carried out in drugstore networks located in Cascavel, Paraná state, in 09 different establishments, from May to June 2016. Nutraceutical products containing omega-3 in their formulations were identified at the sites visited. Their images were captured and proceeded with the research analyzing these labels according to the Legislation in force for products of functional and or health claim. We analyzed 13 labels, only 38.46% (five labels) presented no irregularities. Therefore, it was concluded that the laws in Brazil are not being followed by the companies responsible for manufacturing these products and the lack of mandatory information on their labels can put the consumer´s health at risk, being that it must be guaranteed the consumption safety of adequate and quality products.


polyunsaturated fatty acid; legislation; Anvisa; labels

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4025/actascihealthsci.v40i0.36964


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