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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 14:23:11 -0400
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IAHF LIST: YOUR HELP IS URGENTY NEEDED: The following letter is from
Congressman Ron Paul to Dr. Moore of the FDA demanding that he immediately
listen to the will of the American people, and to REMOVE the 2nd paragraph
from the FDA's CODEX comments, along with the document titled "A Risk
Assessment Model for Establishing Upper Intake Levels for Nutrients".

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL or FAX this letter in to your Congressman's and 2
Senators offices and follow with a call to whoever handles FDA issues.

***Ask your Congressman and Senators to contact Ron Paul's office, attn
Norman Singleton, in order to sign onto Ron Paul's letter (below). Contact
Ron via <>. They can reach Norman by phone
at 202-225-2831, and by fax at 202-226-4871.

We MUST do this THIS WEEK in advance of the CODEX meeting which starts next
monday, the 21st!! Any member of Congress can be called via the switchboard
at 202-225-3121. Congressional email addresses can be found at and at  We _MUST_ take a minute to do
this, because if we DON'T, we won't have a CHANCE to stop the global
DECEPTION that FDA has in mind...

Dr. Robert Moore            9/16/98

Office of Special Nutritionals
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
200 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 200204

Dear Dr. Moore:

I am writing to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw the
second paragraph of the proposed draft guildlines for Vitamin and Mineral
Supplements and the document "A Risk Assessment Model for Establishing
Upper Intake Levels for Vitamins" from the FDA's submission to the Codex
Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Use (CCNFSDU) meeting
in Berlin, Germany September 21-25, 1998. These documents commit the United
States Government to adoption of the Codex proposals regarding upper safe
limits of vitamins and minerals, providing that the recommendations are
based on "scientifically sound risk assessment criteria."

As you are aware, last year Congress explicitly forbid the FDA from
harmonizing any of its regulations of dietary supplements with other
countries. Congress took this action because of concerns that if FDA
regulations were "harmonized" with those of other countries, Americans'
access to a wide range of products, including high-potency vitamins and
minerals, would be threatened since many European countries regulate
dietary supplements as drugs rather than foods. Regulating supplements as
drugs places incredible burdens on consumers. For example, in Germany, the
only nutritional supplements available to consumers are at pharmacies.
Germans can't even touch a nutritional supplement without first having a
pharmacist hand to them from behind the counter. Accepting any of CODEX's
guildlines regarding dietary supplements violates the clear congressional
intent to protect the American people from the type of restriction on the
availability of dietary supplements imposed in other countries.

Congress also expressed a clear desire to increase the American people's
access to truthful information about dietary supplements in the Dietary
Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Any FDA action that
creates even the slightest risk that Americans will be subjected to
regulations such as those in Germany clearly violates the sprit of DSHEA,
the will of Congress, and most importantly, the demands of the American
people for access to dietary supplements unfettered by excessive federal

In conclusion, I once again urge the FDA to comply with congressional
intent that the FDA not harmonize its regulations on dietary supplements by
harmonizing those regulations to match the restrictive regulations common
in Europe by withdrawing the second paragraph of your proposed draft
guildlines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements and the document "A Risk
Assessment Model for Establishing Upper Intake Levels for Vitamins," from
any and all FDA submissions to the CCFSNDU.  I appreciate your cooperation
in this matter.


Ron Paul

Am On the US Codex Delegation, But the Gov.
Doesn't Pay Our Way for NGO Observers
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