Kratom Industry Looks For States' Help; Heavy Metals Tests Tarnish Its Image
Georgia, Utah age-restrict kratom product sales and set labeling requirements. American Kratom Association says states' actions and its recently adopted GMP standards should help weed out bad actors, but FDA says lab testing found high levels of heavy metals in kratom supplements.
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