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FDA Strategy For Functional Food Safety And Claims Needed, CSPI Urges

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA should take action to ensure "functional food" products are safe and bear truthful labeling claims, the Center for Science in the Public Interest asserts in a March 25 letter to FDA Commissioner Jane Henney, MD, and in an accompanying report entitled "Functional Foods - Public Health Boon or 21st Century Quackery."

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