Adding Supplements to Federal Support Programs Needs Industry Push – NPA
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A proposal to exclude vitamin D supplementation from a federal nutrition program and continued apathy in Congress toward adding multivitamins and dietary supplements to the food stamp program are signals it is time for the industry to push harder for change, a Natural Products Association executive says
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