To: IAHF List
Subject: EU Set to Impose Sanctions on U.S. Monday; (Shades of Whats Threatened to US Dietary Supplement Laws by Codex & WTO)
Date: 27 Feb 2004 19:54:05 -0000
As you can see from the Reuters article below, the EU has gotten the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body to impose $200 Million in economic sanctions against the USA in order to force our Congress to change one of our laws.
As you can see from this, we live in a global dictatorship already, and its only going to get worse unless we fight back strategically!!
SILENCING THE DOUBTERS
(When confronted with IAHF's information about how the FDA has set us up to lose in a future WTO trade dispute via which our dietary supplement laws are scheduled to be overturned in a similar trade dispute, most Americans ignorantly turn a deaf ear saying "that could NEVER happen HERE".
Failing to grasp whats happening in the world, all too many American vitamin consumers have been turning a deaf ear to my plea that we need to assist the Alliance for Natural Health to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive due to its global implications.
Wrong. It not only CAN happen, but the article below PROVES it can happen.
Since 1996 IAHF has been exposing the exact mechanisms by which the USA has been set up for the harmonization of its vitamin laws to a mindlessly restrictive international standard, and also the exact mechanisms via which the pharma dominated vitamin trade associations have been pulling the wool over the eyes of their members to keep them from fighting back.
ANH needs grass roots support to take their legal battle to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive on to the EU Court of Justice in Luxemborg. Please donate to them at http://www.alliance-natural-health.org
More will be forthcoming soon about ANH's GENUINE efforts to defend our interests, (in marked contrast to the controlled opposition group which is doing nothing REAL to fight back- and which spends most of its time attacking ANH) You will be stunned when you read ANH's response to Aldis which I expect to release soon.
When you read this information you will see the full truth of how the dietary supplement industry is being manipulated from within by greed driven interests who have turned their backs on consumers.
Thursday February 26, 2:17 PM EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said on Thursday the EU would impose $200 million in economic sanctions on the United States beginning on Monday because of Congress' failure to repeal tax breaks declared illegal by the World Trade Organization.
"The picture is now quite clear. Countermeasures will go into effect by next Monday," Lamy told the European American Business Council after meeting with the chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.
The retaliation will hit a wide array of agricultural and manufactured goods ranging from buckwheat to nuclear reactor parts. Lamy said the sanctions would remain in effect until Congress passes legislation to repeal the tax breaks.
Lamy said it remained unclear how long it would take Congress to do that but he said "the sooner, the better" for U.S.-EU business relations.
The sanctions begin with a 5 percent duty on more than $4 billion worth of U.S. exports to Europe. That duty will increase by 1 percentage point each month up to a cap of 17 percent. However, Lamy said the sanctions will be dropped "the day Congress passes the new legislation" to repeal the tax breaks.
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