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Supplements Shielded From Spread Of Peanut Butter-Like Problems – Trades

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Safeguards in place in the dietary supplement industry would prevent or quickly contain a crisis like the current spate of recalls of peanut butter-containing products now facing the food industry, supplement experts say

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