What is Codex Alimentarius?

2005-07-13

Richard Moore

Friends,

I published my first article on Codex back in 1996 or so, when
this World Trade Organization (WTO) project first got
underway. It's taken almost ten years for the decisions made
then - by representatives of the big pharmaceutical companies
- to come to roost in America and the EU. Codex Alimentarius
is the name of what they came up with. We can interpret its
meaning as "The Holy Writ of Nutrition", passed down to us
from on high:

    codex:
        A manuscript volume, especially of a classic work or of 
        the Scriptures. 

    alimentary:
        1. Concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion. 
        2. Providing nourishment. 

What Codex does, among other things, is to basically outlaw
all vitamins and natural health remedies - all those things
you currently buy in health food stores. You'll still be able
to buy such substances, but in worthlessly low dosages, and only
under prescription at ridiculously high prices from the
pharmaceutical companies who drew up Codex.

Some say their motivation was simply higher profits from
sales, and the elimination of competition from the health food
industry. Others claim their intent is to actually damage
public health, either for reasons of population reduction or
because sicker people will need more drugs and medical
treatment, adding to pharmaceutical industry profits. Take
your pick, the results are the same in either case: increased
costs for remedies, an increase in serious illnesses due to
poorer general health, and increased profits for the
pharmaceutical majors.

Codex is one of those things that is and is not a conspiracy.
It hasn't been strictly a conspiracy, because information has
been publicly available to those who dug to find it. I've been
receiving reports about its progress since 1996. On
the other hand, Codex has been totally invisible in the
mainstream media. And even today, when CAFTA is being debated
in Congress, with Codex being one of the most important
provisions, it is the other aspects of CAFTA that are getting
attention in the official debate and in the media. As regards
awareness by the general public, the Codex project walks
and talks just like a conspiracy.

Below is a current report on Codex.

rkm

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From: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: VITAMINS TO BE BANNED WORLDWIDE!!!
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 17:15:06 -0700

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Vitamins to be Banned Worldwide...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate
Tim Bolen
    http://www.quackpotwatch.org/opinionpieces/tim%20bolen.htm

Monday, July 4th, 2005 

"Big Pharma" won a major victory in Rome, Italy today. 
Vitamins and minerals, for over-the-counter sale will be
phased out, almost completely, in every country on Planet
Earth.  The"German Model"
<http://www.quackpotwatch.org/opinionpieces/codexwash.htm> of
health care will now be the law of the land - in every land.

Below is a press release from Diane Miller JD of the National
Health Freedom Coalition, detailing the action.  Diane is in
Rome at the meeting.

Press Release -  National Health Freedom Coalition:  Codex
Full Commission adopts Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and
Mineral Food Supplements in final form July 4, 2005, Rome
Italy. by Diane Miller JD. 

Minutes ago the full Commission of Codex Alimentarius adopted
in final form, the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral
Food Supplements.  This adoption is the Step 8 adoption, the
final stage of adoption for the international Codex
guidelines.  The Codex Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements
guidelines are now official and no longer in draft form. 

The Commission, attended by over 85 of the 171 Codex
countries, adopted the guidelines by consensus method.  There
was brief discussion before adoption taking in comments from a
small number of countries and two NGOs. 

Australia requested adding the word "only" in Section 1.3
bertwee the words "apply" and "in".   The sentence would then
read "These guidelines apply only in those jurisdictions where
products defined in 2.1 are regulated as foods."   

Australia's comments were followed by request from Venzuela
and Spain to clarify the spanish translation.   

Venezuela was followed by China.  China stated that every
government in making decisions about vitamins and minerals
should take into account the dietary limitations of their own
countries, that governments can select vitamins and minerals
acocording to the customs and habits of their country.  China
also pointed out that there should be definitions of the
sources of vitamins.   

Columbia spoke up and commented that Vitamins and Minerals are
intended for deficiencies and are recommended for health
reasons and said that there has to be no exaggerated use of
minerals.   

Egypt commented and offered a clarification saying that
vitamin and minerals can be considered if daily needs are not
being met.   

After the countries were heard, the Chairman recognized NGOs
(Non-Governmental Organizations).  National Health Federation
(NHF) a world wide consumer organization with NGO status at 
Codex was recognized to speak.  Attonery Scott Tipps of NHF
stood and requested the guidelines not be adopted but rather
be sent back to commitee for 3 important reasons.  1) 
According to Codex rules a "purpose" statement must be part of
all guidelines adopted and the Vitamin and Mineral guidelines
did not contain a purpose.  Secondly,the guidelines did not
define vitamin and mineral and therefore it is unclear as to
what is being regulated.  And lastly, he pointed out that the
Chinese comments were substantive and according to Codex rules
on page 27 of the procedural manual, a substantive amendment
request should be addressed at the committee level.  His
comments were heard. 

The NGO IADSA was then recognized.  IADSA stressed the fact
that the draft guidelines should be adopted because they had
been worked on in committee for near 10 years and that
valuable consensus had been reached in the Bonn Germany
committee meeting and the guidelines should now be passed.  

After all comments, the Chair, consulted with counsel to
assess whether the addition of the word "only" would change
the meaning of the sentence.  After learning that it would not
he consulted with Australia and Australia repeated their
request for amendment.  The Chair recommended adoption of the
amendment and there was no dissent.  Then the Chair
recommended the guidelines be adopted at Stage 8 in their
final form and that China submit their substantive amendment
requests to the committee at their next meeting.  There was no
further comment or dissent from any country and the guidelines
were adopted.


What this means, in the United States, is that as soon as
CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) passes the House
of Representatives (it has already passed the Senate), the US
government will be forced, by the terms of that CAFTA
agreement, to restrict vitamin and supplement sales in
accordance with the "German Model" of health care.

If and when this happens, the hard won 1994 DSHEA (Dietary
Supplement Health & Education Act) will be nullified, and the
dismantling of the North American supplement Industry will
begin. 

However, it is not inevitable - the use of "supplements" and
other "alternatives" to conventional medicine regimens
represents over fifty percent (50%) of the total US health
dollar spent annually.  Eighty-eight percent (88%) of US
adults use an "alternative," and believe in them.  Opposition
is already gearing up for the battle - (click here:
<http://www.thenhf.com/newsflash_49.htm> )

This is a battle between "We the People," and the free world's
biggest, and worst, enemy - ever - "Big Pharma."

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate

This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is
about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet
Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge
of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself
the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to
suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that
compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health
dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing
activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by
members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the
"quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they
are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they
operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."

For background information on the "Battle between Health and
Medicine" go to: <http://www.savedrclark.net/by_whom2.htm>. A
copy of THIS newsletter, and older ones, are viewable at the
website http://www.quackpotwatch.org/default.htm.

For EVEN MORE interesting and related articles go to 
<http://www.bolenreport.com/>

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