NY Proposal To Age-Restrict Creatine Sales Draws CRN Criticism
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
CRN argues that legislation a New York state assembly member authored to ban sales of supplements to consumers younger than 18 would restrict the sale of the supplements to all consumers.
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