Please duplicate & disseminate my lastest Codex vitamin alert (August 22 Comments Deadline) which you can find at http://www.iahf.com breaking
news, & at http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/health_freedom_080602.html
(See HEALTH FREEDOM ALERT below) also- please be aware that Senator Durbin just held a hearing in DC on July to attack DSHEA, (I was there) and that FDA has hired NAS to generate a "Safety Framework for Dietary Supplements" via which FDA intends to go on the rampage (see end of my message).... this is all part of the effort to harmonize US Dietary Supplement laws to the EU & Codex (very restrictive international standards) Be mindful of the fact that the EU Vitamin Directive was shoved down the throats of vitamin consumers in Europe despite the largest referendum in human history which opposed it to such an extent that the server crashed at the EU Parliament on the day of the vote (March 13, 2002) Despite millions of emails in opposition, the EU Vitamin Directive was shoved down our throats see http://www.petition450.org now in the EU they're trying to shove a Traditional Medicines Directive through, along with an outrageous definition of a medicine that takes in any product not covered by the Vitamin Directive or Herb Directive- more info contact http://www.healthfreedommovement.com and please send them donations (UK)
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President, International Advocates for Health Freedom
HEALTH FREEDOM ALERT!
AUGUST 22 CODEX COMMENT DEADLINE WITH
FDA! PLEASE ACT NOW POST & FORWARD THIS WIDELY
The FDA is attempting to medicalize dietary supplements in order to limit your access to these safe products.
The FDA has an August 22 deadline on a comments period regarding their Draft Comments to the UN's Codex Alimentarius Commission's Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use. FDA is attempting to make an end run around US dietary supplement laws and to set us up for harmonization to very restrictive international vitamin standards, but with your help they can be stopped!!Please send the following comment to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a cc to your Senators and Congressmen. [for email addresses of your Senators and Congressmen see http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov] also cc your comment to email@example.com
To: Beth Yetley, FDA c/o Nancy Crane, FDA
Re: Comment on FDA Draft Proposal to Codex CCNFSDU on Dietary
Re FDA proposed language: item 5.9, which states: "We recommend the following revision: 'All labels should bear a statement that a supplement should be taken on an advice of a nutritionist, a dietician, or a medical doctor"
Dr.Yetley: When is the FDA going to STOP attempting to medicalize safe dietary supplements which are regulated in the USA as FOODS?You have no legal mandate to attempt to go beyond the firm dictates of US law when you are at Codex meetings in Germany. FDA has lost on first amendment grounds in the Pearson decision, and when FDA refused to obey the court's decision, FDA was sued again and lost. FDA has no choice but to allow health claims to be put on labels pertaining to folic acid and the prevention of neural tube defects and other similar matters.
This is as it should be, not only in the USA, but throughout the world. Consumers have a RIGHT to learn about the beneficial health properties of dietary supplements on the label, at the point of sale. By putting the above language on the label (that supplements should be taken on the advice of a nutritionist, dietician, or an MD) you are attempting to violate the spirit of DSHEA in an international forum, and you have no legal right to do that. You are attempting to waste valuable space on the label that can be put to better use directly informing consumers regarding the beneficial properties of these safe food substances, you are attempting to medicalize dietary supplements, and you are attempting to go through CODEX to make an end run around US domestic laws by attempting to set us up for harmonization to restrictive international standards.
I therefor INSIST that you STRIKE the above proposed revision in item 5.9 and replace it with the following language instead: "item 5.9 we recommend the following revision "All labels should bear scientific structure function health claims similar to those provided for under the American Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to directly assist consumers in making positive health decisions for themselves and their families at the point of sale while reading the label on the product. The USA again reiterates its desire that all attempts to continue creating an international standard for vitamins and minerals cease at Codex and that this matter is best left up to national authorities to decide."
Dr.Yetley: I remind you, and Congress, that you lost the Pearson court decision, and when you attempted to ignore the Judge, you were sued and lost again on this issue. Do not attempt to get around US law when you are in Germany representing the USA at Codex meetings. You have no legal right to make the statement in item 5.9 'All labels should bear a statement that a supplement should be taken on an advice of a nutritionist, a dietician, or a medical doctor"I INSIST that you replace that language with "All labels should bear scientific structure function health claims similar to those provided for under the American Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to directly assist consumers in making positive health decisions for themselves and their families at the point of sale while reading the label on the product.
The USA again reiterates its desire that all attempts to continue creating an international standard for vitamins and minerals cease at Codex and that this matter is best left up to national authorities to decide."I am copying this letter to you to my Senators and Congressmen and am asking them to oppose all efforts to erode US sovereignty via FTAA. The last thing we need in this hemisphere is a version of the EU dictatorship given the way the EU is attempting to ban consumer access to dietary supplements. See Pearson v Thomson http://www.emord.com.
[Your Name and Address]
Also, you need to be aware that Senator Durbin (D-IL) just held a hearing in DC to attack DSHEA. I was there. Expect him to draft legislation attacking DSHEA as soon as NAS has completed their latest attack piece on dietary supplement safety. If you aren't aware of this latest attack, see NAS's "Proposed Framework for Evaluating The Safety of Dietary Supplements" http://www.nap.edu/html/dietary_supplements/NI000760.pdf NAS is calling for comments, but will ignore any that don't come from pharmaceutical interests that are out for blood. In this "study" they are "evaluating" chapparal, saw palmetto, melatonin, glucosamine, shark cartilage.
Why are they doing this? The reason they're doing this is that FDA (which is paying NAS to generate this "safety framework") intends to set us up to lose in a WTO trade dispute. The only legal basis on which we can avoid harmonizing our domestic vitamin laws to a finalized Codex standard is on a basis of safety. So FDA is undermining our abilility to defend DSHEA by falsely defining vitamin safety. You must realize that when we get challenged via a WTO Trade dispute, this won't be debated in a US court, but in an international mickey mouse court called the WTO's "Dispute Settlement Body" which doesn't follow our court's rules of evidence.
The only people with standing to appear before the DSB are national reps from WTO member nations, in this case Beth Yetley of FDA, the only person on our Codex delegation to the CCNFSDU with the right to vote or speak at Codex meetings. Private citizens, no matter how well qualified, have no standing to appear before the WTO's DSB, so the fix is in. See the SPS agreement for clarification on what I'm saying, thats what we're roped into here in this harmonization issue.
Please call me, we need to discuss all of this.
John Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom