Health Freedom New Zealand
Background to the Codex Alimentarius Commission
There is much misinformation about Codex Alimentarius on the internet so we have endeavoured to check our sources of information to bring you the most correct data possible. If you have any specific questions or queries you can contact us directly here.The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair practices in the food trade and promote coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Codex has as many as 27 active committees meeting on an annual basis. While it is possible the commissions' initial intentions may have been altruistic, it has become clear that Codex has been over taken by corporate interests - particularly the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology and chemical industries.
Erosion of National Sovereignty
Codex guidelines and standards are automatically implemented by the General Agreement on Trade & Tariffs (GATT) of the WHO and become binding for all international trade among GATT signatory countries. Therefore Codex compliance is essentially mandatory for all member nations. Any non Codex compliant nation could face huge economic repercussions.
Where applicable, the WTO uses Codex texts as a reference point for resolving international trade disputes where issues pertinent to Codex – such as health and sanitary measures – are at stake, and WTO members are legally obliged to abide by its rulings. Trade disputes could result in a ruling against New Zealand legislation requiring a change in domestic laws. It's possible Codex guidelines and standards would supersede domestic laws, similar to the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, should they be allowed to advance their agenda.
Non compliant countries would face difficulty in trading with Codex complaint countries as those countries would essential need to make sure their products comply with Codex guidelines in order to import them.
EXAMPLE: Europe pay annual fines to the WTO for refusing to import beef and dairy products derived from cattle fed genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH). They have been paying annual fines of $117 million to the US and $11 million to Canada each year because Codex says that rbGH-containing meat is safe - so any country that poses a barrier to trade suffers at the hands of the WTO which in this case has imposed fines on Europe from the USA and Canada. The annual fines continue annually.
Codex Use Junk Science to Declare that “Nutrients are Toxins”
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has two committees which impact nutrition. One of them is the “Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses” (CCNFSDU). The host government for this committee is the Federal Republic of Germany.
This committee is chaired by the Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, a German physician who believes that nutrition has no role in health. This is the “head hauncho” for Codex nutritional policy, and he has stated that “nutrition is not relevant to health”.
In 1994 Dr. Grossklaus has also instituted the use of toxicology (Risk Assessment) to prevent nutrients from having any therapeutic impact on humans who take supplements in the name of "Public Safety". The science of toxicology or Risk Assessment is the current method for assessing pharmaceutical drugs and is absurd to apply to nutrients.
While Risk Assessment is a legitimate science (it is a branch of toxicology), it is the wrong science for assessing nutrients. In fact in this context, it is actually junk science. Biochemistry, the science of life processes, is the correct science for assessing nutrients. Codex Alimentarius treats nutrients as toxins. Nutrients are not toxins - they are essential for life.
Dr Grossklaus has a Risk Assessment Company in Germany called the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). Here in New Zealand we call that a “conflict of interest”. He is also a bureaucrat in the BgVV - Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz Und Veterinärmedizin (German institute for consumer health protection and veterinary medicine). Grossklaus wants to limit vitamin and mineral levels.
Codex Permits Low Doses of Vitamins and Minerals in Supplements
Codex is made up of hundred of standards and guidelines including the Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements Guidelines (VMG) adopted by the commission in July 2005. The VMG is provides a framework for the development of global restrictions on the manufacture and sale of dietary supplements containing vitamins and minerals.
Ultimately it is expected to permit only ultra low doses of vitamins and minerals making clinically effective nutrients illegal. VMG restrict dosages of vitamins and minerals by using the Risk Assessment (toxicology) company to assess nutrients. (e.g., the maximum potencies for Vitamin C and niacin would be expected to be as low as 225 mgs and 17 mgs, respectively).
The text of the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements supports the mandatory application of the Guidelines within the jurisdictions of its member States of which New Zealand is one. Specifically, the Guidelines states in its Paragraph 1.2 that "These Guidelines do apply in those jurisdictions where products defined in 2.1 [i.e., vitamin-and-mineral food supplements] are regulated as foods." (emphasis added). Because New Zealand is one of those jurisdictions that regulates dietary supplements as a food, the Guidelines will and do apply.
The “science” of these Codex levels is far more political than scientific yet compliance with these guidelines is becoming mandatory and will be established politically once these guidelines are fully implemented. Whilst this process is expected to take several more years, the slower it is, the less alarmed people will be. That’s probably the logic of the architects of Codex Alimentarius.
The VMG Denies that dietary supplements can benefit normal, healthy people;
The National Health Federation had argued the guidelines should be re-considered, because they are contravening Codex's own procedural rules:
While the guidelines ask for restrictions on supplements in the comparatively liberal countries, the really backwards view of "nutrition is really medicine and any of those nutritional supplements are drugs" is acknowledged as being quite acceptable. Indeed, one of the amendments to the guidelines was Australia's demand to emphasize that "These Guidelines apply only in those jurisdictions where products ... are regulated as foods".
The VMG guidelines are currently being systematically applied throughout the world already in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway and Canada where you can not get vitamin C in the health stores in dosages higher than 225mg. In New Zealand our Vitamin C supplements contain anything from 500mg to 1,000 mgs per dose. Australia is already "accidentally" Codex compliant through its regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Codex's VMG is based in the Napoleonic Code, not Common Law. That means anything not explicitly permitted is forbidden. Under Common Law, we hold that anything not explicitly forbidden is permitted. The difference is health freedom rather than health tyranny. Codex Alimentarius would be able to ban therapeutic grade supplements by default.
Codex Uses The Propaganda of Consumer Protection
Contrary to the propaganda, Codex Alimentarius has nothing to do with consumer protection. Codex is about the economic ambitions of multi-national corporations, in particular, the pharmaceutical industry and toxic chemical industry.
Using their multi billion-dollar marketing budgets, these industries have launched a massive media propaganda campaign to paint Codex Alimentarius as a benevolent tool of “consumer protection”, as well as to negatively taint the image of natural health options and mislead people to fear them as “dangerous”, so they will take drugs (which really are dangerous). Natural health products have an amazing safety record and are remarkably effective, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.
The current direction of Codex is unfortunately driven by an elitist mentality that thinks it knows what is best for consumer health and protection. Unfortunately, such a mindset comes from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s kind of "brave new world" thinking that elevated central planners into a form of "God on Earth." That kind of out-dated thinking has caused more misery, death and disease than can possibly be imagined.
Codex: Serious Threat to Health and Health Freedom
If Codex Alimentarius guidelines are implemented in New Zealand, therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals (and all other nutrients soon to follow) will become unavailable because they will literally become illegal. Here’s how it would work, in a nut-shell:
Due to the junk science use of Risk Assessment (toxicology), and a junk research propaganda war, we call media science, a false belief is being engineered saying that “nutritional supplements are dangerous to people’s health”.
Using this false belief generates calls to “protect” people from these “toxic” nutrients. After the calls come the bills (Therapeutic Goods & Medicines Bill") to set ultra low permissible dosages and ban high potency formulas and individual ingredients.
Only intentionally ineffective, ultra low dose supplements would be legal, with or without a prescription, on the VMG list. If enough people do not take action, we can expect to watch nutritional supplement manufacturers and, thus health food stores, to go out of business, in a domino effect. The only player left standing would be Big Pharma.
Therapeutic grade vitamins, minerals, and amino acids would be eliminated from the marketplace (although a few low-dose supplements would be allowed by Codex, as a symbolic measure to avoid suspicion about their ulterior motive).
Natural health professionals would lose the tools of their trade (nutritional supplements) and health conscious people would be unable to choose natural health options for health promotion and disease treatment.
And that is, in a nutshell, how Codex Alimentarius is poised to make Natural and Nutritional Medicine (NNM) disappear from the legal health world and go underground.
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