CBC Retracts Marketplace Report
January 21: GOED has learned that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has retracted the report on which its Marketplace documentary show — scheduled to air last fall — was based. More details can be found here and a follow-up broadcast is planned for tomorrow (Friday, January 22) in which an apology will be issued.
GOED is very happy to hear that industry efforts made a difference in a negative and inaccurate show being pulled after only airing in some limited regions of Canada, and now ultimately retracted. The CBC noted that it had retracted the episode after confirming that its tests of vitamin C and protein supplements were flawed and retests confirmed that the products met label claims. However, the network said it stood by its fish oil results, saying the oils they tested were still rancid.
GOED takes issue with the characterization of the oils as rancid, as outlined in our November 15 News Alert, since none of the oils were above international standards for edible oil oxidation. Instead they used the GOED Voluntary Monograph standards as the definition of rancidity, but failed to recognize that those limits were only applicable to products within the scope of the Monograph.