Absent Mandatory Listing, US FDA Acknowledges Its Supplement Directory Isn’t Comprehensive
Two weeks after Commissioner Califf notes he supports mandatory listing of supplements and two months after previous session of Congress ended without imposing requirement, agency is doing what it can to publish information about ingredients in supplements sold in the country.
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