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Codex Nutrition Committee Signs Off On Science-Based Nutrient ULs

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Members of the Codex Alimentarius nutrition committee have agreed to endorse an approach to setting upper limits (ULs) for vitamin and mineral supplements that favors scientific risk assessment over the use of recommended daily allowances (RDAs)

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