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Supplement Trans Fat Label Additions Stipulated Under FDA Final Rule

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Manufacturers of dietary supplements that contain more than .5 g of trans fat will be required to list the amount of the ingredient, as well as the amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, on the Supplement Facts panel by Jan. 1, 2006

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