Supplement Self-Regulation Key To Preventing More Oversight – Heinrich
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
The supplement industry’s new ally in the Senate, Martin Heinrich, encourages industry to increase self-regulation of energy drinks to avoid opening DSHEA to amendments. He also says national GMO labeling legislation could spare industry from a patchwork of state laws.
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