South Korea Recalled Krill Oils Follow-Up


Dear friends, loyal readers and consumers

We appreciate consumer’s eagerness to learn about krill oil, South Korean krill oils recalled brands, how to make a wise purchase, and distinguish real vs. faked krill oil brands. Above all, how we all protect this category from wrongful business practices.

Well… identifying such wrongful activities is not an easy task.

Our July 12th newsletter addressed the brands recalled by KFDA. Thanking RIMFROST, we are clarifying the who’s who on the public photo that put together a recalled brand (JW58), a non-recalled brand (JW100) and RIMFROSTS’s FOS certificate. It is the non-recalled brand (JW100) that used RIMFROST’s oil.

We are referring to JW Pharma. Korean public info indicates that JW krill oil (abbreviation and brand name for Choongwae Pharmaceuticalwas produced with krill oil supplied by Ju Yeong NS.

It is a mid-sized Korean pharma company. Their krill oils are not shown on their product listing. Their products they sell were listed at NAVER (typing 중외제약 크릴오일.) 

JW Pharma’s JW58 was published by KFDA using Krill Oil from AMF Pharma LLC (AMF). AMF krill Oil is used by other brands also notified by KFDA.  

Canadian AMF Pharma does not display krill oil among their product portfolio. AMF’s KFDA import data shows no krill oil imports since 2020. 

Our same July 12th newsletter also addressed krill oil manufactures as almost sole FOS-registered companies. As a matter of fact, FOS registry has not only direct krill oil manufacturers, but a large number of intermediate companies.

Non-direct krill oil producers can buy krill oil (or any other krill product) from a FOS-certified factory trawler (or on-land krill oil manufacturer ), and then, would that be the case, re-process the oil to manufacture their own nutraceutical/supplement branded product, which will adhere to their FOS-registered krill oil supplier.

Several of these intermediate companies are third-party certified to prove compliance with the chain of custody and product traceability.

Hence, buying krill oil from a direct manufacturer that is FOS-certified, it goes all along the value chain to the final seller, indicated in the product traceability, and the label.

As you can see, the krill oil ecosystem is composed of few oil producers, and a handful number of intermediate companies down the value chain, offering their own branded krill oils. Some blend with vitamins … and so on.

Latest FOS list seen here, updated July 25th 2021.

When a krill oil manufacturer sells in good faith its krill oils, and the intermediate company decides to blend such oil with other non-krill material for example, how the former keeps control of its offering? What to do?

A question to answer.



August 10th 2021

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Dimitri Sclabos

Founder and Co-owner