FDA Ushers Out Known DMAA, Closes Dietary Ingredient Door
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
USPlabs says it will reformulate its DMAA supplements, although it “stands by the safety and legality” of the products. FDA says “credible science” shows DMAA is not a botanical, not a dietary ingredient and will not be accepted in an NDI notification.
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