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ConsumerLab iron tests finish up strong

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

All 15 iron supplements evaluated by online testing firm were found to contain iron amounts listed on the label with acceptable lead levels and disintegration qualities necessary for absorption, ConsumerLab announces July 26. Four products under the Sundown Benefits, Puritan's Pride and Vitamin World brands were submitted voluntarily for testing, while selected the 11 other products for certification. Results of the sample were an improvement over a 2001 test in which 17 of 19 iron supplements passed (1"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 8, 2001, In Brief)...

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