Trade Groups Remain Skeptical Of Consumer Reports Supplement Analysis
Consumer Reports report stating supplements are ineffectual and possibly dangerous shortchanges supplement regulations, undermines the work to enforce regulations and deceives consumers, say industry trade groups.
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