‘Go Try To Find Some Zinc Gluconate’: The Dietary Supplement Supply Chain Entering 2022
Ingredients for immune health supplements are in short supply as high demand persists in the US. CEOs Mark LeDoux of Natural Alternatives International and Jim Emme of NOW Health Group, both on the Natural Products Association’s board of directors, discuss ongoing supply issues and best practices to avoid problems.
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