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Subject: OZ & CODEX- Aussies- See IAHF Response to CHC Spin on the Issue
Date: 18 Aug 2003 21:20:02 -0000
IAHF List: Rob Verkerk from Alliance for Natural Health in England just called some dangerous pharma spin to my attention that will be especially interesting to vitamin consumers in Australia and New Zealand who IAHF encourages to join forces against a common enemy: CHC- the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia- a pharma dominated "vitamin trade association" that is in league with the Australian TGA.
CHC has responded to what is allegedly "misinformation" about Codex, and they've responded with some OUTRAGEOUS SPIN that I've exposed below, point by point. Vitamin consumers world wide, everyone can learn from this, not just consumers in Australia and New Zealand.
see my responses in below in square brackets- This is very interesting spin I'm exposing. Keep in mind that Val Johanson, Exec Dir of CHC used to be a TGA Compliance Officer & she has zero allegiance to dietary supplement consumers- but she sure pretends to be "your friend."
Complementary Healthcare Council
Codex Draft Guidelines for Vitamins and Minerals FACTS
"Following the Pan Pharmaceuticals recall there has been considerable misinformation circulated regarding the CODEX Vitamin and Mineral Guideline."
"There is also a petition circulating in Australia calling on the Government to rescind the legislation that has implemented the CODEX Guideline."
"The following facts are provided to clarify the situation:"
(My responses to each of their alleged "facts" is in [square brackets] below each so called "fact".
1. The CODEX Guideline is still in draft form at step 3 of an 8 step process.
[True, but only because IAHF and allied groups have been raising serious grass roots objections to the bogus CODEX so called "process" since 1996.]
2. This Guideline is so controversial it has taken over 15 years to get to step 3.
[True- largely due to opposition catalyzed by International Advocates for Health Freedom and allied grass roots groups of vitamin consumers world wide.]
3. It did reach step 5 several years ago but because agreement could NOT be reached and it was sent back to step 3.
[True- HOWEVER with passage of the EU Food Supplement Directive into EU law, and with the EU about to expand by 10 new countries to go from 15 to 25 nations in size, all of which are members of the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission, the EU will have the political clout to force a very restrictive vitamin standard through at Codex which parallels the EU FSD, UNLESS the Alliance for Natural Health gets the donations they need to file a lawsuit to overturn the FSD in court. See http://www.iahf.com/anh_lawsuit.html
Australians should be donating money to the ANH lawsuit via http://www.alliance-natural-health.org, vitamin consumers globally should be. Deadline to file it is September.
4. The Draft clearly specifies that this Guideline does NOT apply to those
countries whose national governments have agreed to regulate vitamins and mineral supplements as medicines.
[True- however this is spin because Australia has one of the worst regulatory schemes for dietary supplements in the world, as evidenced by the PAN recall where TGA didn't have a shred of evidence of any vitamin product contamination, and wrongly used site licensing as a weapon to shut down Pan by pulling their site license. Pressure is being exerted on New Zealand to harmonize their very liberal food based regulations to Australia's mindless, pharmaceuticalized regulations.
CHC in Australia is directly involved with the pharma interests seeking to force New Zealand to harmonize to Australian law, and no vitamin consumer in Australia should trust them. Similar pressure is being exerted globally. In solidarity with New Zealand vitamin consumers whose access is being threatened by Australia, Australian's should put pressure on their government to harmonize Australia's horrible pharmaceuticalized dietary supplement regulations to New Zealand's very liberal food based regulations. (See http://www.choices.org.nz/background.asp CHC will not like it if Australian consumers do this because it would threaten the business interests of the large companies that dominate CHC which does not care about the Australian consumer. For insight see http://iadsa-exposed.tripod.com
IADSA, International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations is an umbrella group of vitamin trade associations that includes CHC in Australia. Ostensibly, IADSA is "looking out" for the interests of the dietary supplement industry at Codex meetings in Germany. In reality, it is chaired by Randy Dennin, ceo of Capsugel, a subsidiary of Pfizer, the world's largest drug company. (This is a total conflict of interest.) In reality, IADSA is doing the exact OPPOSITE of what they PURPORT to be doing.
(I saw a presentation of IADSA to members of NNFA, the National Nutritional Foods Assoc, an American vitamin trade association in '99. IADSA claimed their intention was to get the rest of the world to harmonize their laws to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, legislation in the USA that got the FDA off our backs. The reality, however, is that this was a LIE. IADSA is NOT trying to get the world to harmonize to DSHEA, and the TRUTH of that is seen at http://iadsa-exposed.tripod.com where we seen that IADSA kicked NNFA New Zealand out of their trade association when NNFA New Zealand began asking questions about conflicts of interest, and when NNFA New Zealand demanded that IADSA help defend them from massive harmonization pressure coming from Australia, IADSA kicked them out. Its important to realize that CHC in Australia threatened to quit IADSA if NNFA New Zealand were allowed to chair the S.Pacific IADSA region on the IADSA Executive.
Additionally, IADSA, (which includes CHC from Australia) is NOT trying to stop development of a finalized Codex vitamin standard, if they WERE, they'd have opposed passage of the EU Food Supplement Directive, (which they never opposed). IADSA lobbyist Simon Pettman has publicly acknowledged that he was in favor of passage of the EU Food Supplement Directive, and he has publicly discussed being in favor of passage of a finalized Codex vitamin standard.]
5. The Guideline therefore does NOT apply to Australia.
[Technically true, but also very misleading because having pharmaceuticalized Australia's supplement regs already, which led to the mindlessness of the Pan recall, there is no NEED for Australia to harmonize to a finalized Codex vitamin standard- they've already moved in the direction the Cartel wants all countries to go in on their OWN. Furthermore, Codex DOES threaten America, and many Australian's are buying American products by mailorder that they can't buy in Australia. On June 18th Canada was harm-onized to Australian law vis a vis dietary supplements, and New Zealand is struggling hard against a similar fate. ]
6. There has been no legislation passed in Australia to make vitamins and minerals prescription drugs.
[The TGA regulations pharmaceuticalize dietary supplements in Australia and when originally imposed crushed numerous small businesses under an avalanche of mindless red tape that has done nothing to protect consumers from unsafe products, but which DID block consumer access to numerous products available in the USA, which is why so many Australian's order products from the USA by mailorder.
The TGA regulations enabled TGA to use site licensing as a weapon against Pan Pharmaceuticals and to wrongly shut them down despite not having a single product assay to prove there was ANY contamination in ANY of the 1600 products that were wrongly removed from the shelves. Australian's should rebel, en masse against the TGA and against CHC and pressure the Australian government to harmonize their mindless pharmaceuticalized dietary supplement regulations to New Zealand's far more liberalized food based regulations-- see http://www.choices.org.nz/background.asp
Australian health freedom fighters should join forces with their New Zealand, Canadian, American, British, and South African counterparts, as well as with consumers world wide who can clearly see the wrong direction the Cartel is trying to take things in via pharmaceutically dominated vitamin trade associations such as CHC in Australia. While this can be done under the umbrella of IAHF, Australian's are especially encouraged to work very closely with their fellow consumers across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand and to cultivate close ties in opposition to a common enemy, the Complementary Healthcare Council (CHC) of Australia and the TGA.]
7. It has NOT been picked up in Canada and has NOT caused vitamins and minerals to be taken off the shelves.
[Another attempt at spin by the pharma dominated CHC in Australia. Canada has gazetted new dietary supplement regulations on June 18th which threaten to harmonize Canada to Australia's mindless supplement laws which led to the insane Pan recall in which 1600 safe dietary supplements were wrongly yanked from the shelves. Several Canadian health freedom organizations are organizing against the new gazetted regulations, and bill C420 was introduced into the Canadian Parliament to overturn these regs. Several lawsuits are pending that would overturn these regs as well.
See this action letter re Dr.James Lunney's bill C-420 which would overturn the illegally gazetted regulations that harmonize Canada to Australia http://www.friendsoffreedom.org/action.php?op=ActionLetter1
See the legal actions against Health Canada discussed at http://www.taxtyranny.ca also at http://www.truehope.com/home.asp and at http://www.straussherbco.ca/challenge.htm
8. There has been NO legislation passed at this time in any country in the world to implement the CODEX Guideline as it is not complete.
[More spin, intended to put vitamin consumers in Australia asleep on this issue see everything above, below and read through it carefully.]
9. CODEX Guidelines are developed specifically for those developing countries that do not have the infrastructure to develop their own rules.
[Bull. Thats standard Codex spin emanating directly from the pharma dominated host country of the Codex Commission's Committee on Nutrition (Germany.)
Not surprising at all that it would be echoed by the Pharma dominated Australian CHC, a group that no Australian vitamin consumer, (or any vitamin consumer world wide) can trust.
Codex guidelines are being developed for the planet as part of the effort to force us into a global totalitarian state, the model for which is the dictatorial European Union.
Read the book Ten Minutes to Midnight which documents the Nazi origins of the EU at http://campaignfortruth.com/CTE/bookstore.htm and see this website by its author, Philip Day, about how England is being destroyed as it is subsumed into the dictatorial EU http://campaignfortruth.com/CTE/
An effort is underway in North America to create a carbon copy of the EU Dictatorship called the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) which would harmonize all the laws between Canada, the US, Mexico, Central and South America.) See photos of the demonstration against the FTAA Summit Meeting in Quebec City, Quebec Canada in 2001 http://www.infoshop.org/octo/ftaa_news.html
A similar dictatorial regional trading block is planned for Australia to try to harmonize the laws between Australia, New Zealand and Asia see http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/australia/tradingnation/regional_trade_relationships1.pdf See APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) see the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and New Zealand Closer Economic Relations CER. Keep in mind that this website is all pro multinational corporate propaganda. Via the WTO, the multinationals are trying to make the laws the same globally, using these so called "trade agreements" as the vehicle to usurp democracy globally.
For insight into how this pertains to dietary supplements, read this article about the Pan recall from a New Zealand perspective- see the article Natural Justice? at http://www.iahf.com/asia/20030520.html ]
10. There is a copy of the latest CODEX Draft Guideline in the CHC Office for anyone who wishes to examine it. I trust that this information is helpful in reassuring you that vitamins and minerals are NOT under threat in Australia from the CODEX Guideline.
[More CHC spin intended to put vitamin consumers to sleep. Codex is a non transparent process dominated by pharmaceutical interests including Australia's CHC which is a member of IADSA, which has UN NGO Status, and which has been exposed at http://iadsa-exposed.tripod.com
You can see the videofootage from the Codex meeting in '98 in Berlin where I was forced to turn my camcorder off and stop taping at http://www.iahf.com Media Section.
The Codex vitamin guideline, currently under more rapid development due to passage of the EU Food Supplement Directive, threatens the American supplement industry. Many Australians purchase dietary supplements from the US by mailorder because they can get numerous products here that aren't available in Australia.
Codex also threatens vitamin consumers in New Zealand who are currently fighting with everything they have to keep New Zealand's very liberal food based regs from being harmonized to Australia's mindless TGA "system" which enabled TGA to use site licensing as a weapon to fraudulently shut down Pan Pharmaceuticals by pulling their Manufacturing Site license under false pretenses.
TGA didn't have a single product assay to prove that any of the 1600 Pan dietary supplement products removed from the shelves were in any way contaminated. Australian vitamin consumers should join forces with their New Zealand Counterparts in opposition to massive Australian pharmaceutical pressure on New Zealand to force New Zealand to harmonize their very liberal food based dietary supplement regs to Australia's mindless regulations which CHC wrongly endorses to the detriment of Consumers.
It is essential that vitamin consumers world wide band together to help each other. Aussies- work with people in New Zealand to protect NZ vitamin laws from harmonization to Australia's mindless vitamin laws- send donations to ANH in UK to help them file the all important lawsuit to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive. See my article "Ripping Up the Railroad Tracks to Auschwitz" at http://www.iahf.com/anh_lawsuit.html
Make contact with New Zealand health freedom fighters who oppose the TGA and CHC's lies- see http://www.choices.org.nz/background.asp
Make a donation today to ANH via http://www.alliance-natural-health.org
Please forward this widely all over Australia, New Zealand and everywhere
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