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CODEX & nazis

Once again the learning never ends...thanks to those of you who responded
to the CODEX alert which I passed on a few days ago. For the sake of
clarity -

1) I did not write the piece, I passed it on (as I think I mentioned) so
please,  don't shoot me I'm only the messenger. I will attempt to
(likewise) pass along your collective concerns regarding some passing
references to the connection between these multinational pharmaceutical
co's and WWII. It is unfortunate that you (collective) were apparently
turned off by that information.

2) Regardless of my personal feelings about parts of the text, I did NOT
take it upon myself to 'strip down' the original post which I found on the
Internet with all kinds of other information regarding CODEX (good one,
Eric! it is so frightening one might think it is just some fruitloops out
there cooking something up, but I'm sorry to say it is NOT some kind of
'zany internet paranioa')... I make my living as a writer, & understand the
need to 'context' a piece - I also believe that 'stripping' somebody else's
copywrited work without their permission is ethically inadmissable.

I do hope that the list will not 'skip this one' ... and I really suggest
that you plug the words 'CODEX ALIMENTARIUS' in your search engine and
check out what you find. I have included 2 articles below FYI. As you can
see, it is all quite 'official'.


Net Gleanings on Codex.


Codex Alimentarius is the food safety organization for GATT and NAFTA.
Countries must base their sanitary and phytosanitary measures on Codex
standards unless a scientific basis exists for a higher level of protection.
The WTO is using Codex as their reference organization for food safety in
implementing GATT. Understanding Codex standards is an essential part of
international trade.

                             1997 Codex Calendar

 Topic                      Date of Session        Session Location

 Codex Committee on Food
 Import and Export
 Inspection and               February 17-21         Sydney
 Certification Systems       (Past meeting)
 (5th Session)

 Codex Regional
 Coordinating Committee
 for Latin America and the    February 25-28       Montevideo
 Caribbean                   (Past meeting)
 (10th Session)

 Codex Committee on
 Methods of Analysis and       March 10-14
 Sampling                   (Past meeting)         Budapest
 (21st Session)

   Codex Committee on Food
        Additives and          March 17-21
     Contaminants (29th     (Past meeting)         The Hague

 Codex Committee on             April 7-12
 Pesticide Residues         (Past meeting)         The Hague
 (29th Session)

 Codex Committee on Food      April 15-18
 Labeling (25th Session)    (Past meeting)         Ottawa

 Executive Committee of
 the Codex Alimentarius       June 19-20           Geneva
 Commission (44th Session)

 Codex Alimentarius           June 23-28           Geneva
 Commission (22nd Session)

 Codex Committee on Fresh
 Fruits and Vegetables        September 8-12       Mexico City
 (7th Session)

 Codex Committee on Food      October 20-24        Washington, D.C.
 Hygiene (30th Session)

Want to take a look at the inner workings (and complexities) of CODEX? Need
a better understanding of this important standards organization? Jim
Heimbach recently (October, 1996) attended a meeting of the CODEX Committee
on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Bonn, Germany.
We would like to share his report with you.

[Image] Click here to browse Jim's report.


TAS Experts on Codex . . .

     [Image]  James T. Heimbach, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer
     [Image]  Chad B. Sandusky, Ph.D., Director of Safety and Risk


Are Committed to . . .

   * Monitoring activities of key Codex committees
   * Tracking policy initiatives and technical consultations
   * Applying scientific expertise to assess and interpret standards
   * Serving on the Food Industry Codex Coalition


Ongoing TAS Codex Participation . . .

   * Food Additives and Contaminants
   * Pesticide Residues
   * FAO/WHO Consultation on Guidelines for Predicting Dietary Intake of
     Pesticide Residues
   * Food Hygiene
   * Food Export & Import Inspection & Certification Systems
   * Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods
   * Codex Commission
   * Food Industry Coalition Steering Committee


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                           FACT SHEET ON "CODEX"

          What is Codex Alimentarius and what does it mean to you?

Codex Alimentarius simply means "Code of law for food," What it means to you
is a threat to your health and the health of others on the planet.

Dr. Matthias Rath, the vitamin C researcher stated in a letter to German's
Chancellor Kohl:

"This 'Codex' Commission is overwhelmingly composed of representatives of
German and international pharmaceutical corporations, and its aim is to set
world wide guidelines for vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other dietary
supplements. Spearheaded by the German pharmaceutical corporations, this
'Codex' Commission plans to ban, on a world wide scale, any health
statements in relation to vitamins, be it preventive or therapeutic.
Moreover, the only vitamin formulas which would still be available would
have to meet the arbitrary restrictions of the 'Codex' Commission. The
nations that do not comply with these restrictions are faced with economic

If this regulating of vitamin and supplement potencies goes into effect
world wide, what will the next step be? We need to stop this ball from
rolling to protect our health freedom.

The FDA's stance on this issue is stated in the Federal Register of October
11, 1995 - FDA Policy on Standards, which states:

"It is the intent of this policy to enable FDA to continue to participate in
international standards activities that assist it in implementing statutory
provisions ..."


"The development of an international standard that achieves the agency's
public objectives is generally, but not always, given a higher priority than
the development of a domestic standard..."


"Where a relevant international standard exists. or completion is imminent,
it will generally be used in preference to a domestic standard.."

In light of the above statements of the FDA on their intentions and because
of their past performance of ignoring the public's wishes in protecting
health freedom, a public outcry against the "Codex" is sorely needed right

This is a situation that calls for immediate action. A firestorm of letters
are needed to let the FDA, Kohl, Clinton and the international media know
what we think of this very bad plan.

                          WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW!

Write to Dr. Robert Moore at the FDA and urge him to REJECT the German
position on how dietary supplements (including herbs) should be regulated.
Tell him to reject any scheme for establishing maximum potencies for dietary
supplements tied to contrived reference values such as RDAs (Recommended
Daily Allowances).

Send, fax or E-Mail copies of your letters to your Congressman and Senators
and the following list of leaders and media.

Bundeskanzler, Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Bundeshaus 53113, Bonn, Germany

President Bill Clinton, The White House, Washington, D,C, 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414, Fax: 202-456-2461, E-Mail: president @ Whitehouse.gov

Robert J. Moore. Ph.D., Food and Drug Administration
Office of Special Nutritionals, HFS 456, 200 C St. S.W. Washington D.C,
Phone: 202-205-5372, Fax: 202-260-8957, E-rjm@vm.cfsan.fda.gov

Editor, Public Citizen Magazine, 1600 20th Street N.W., Washington, D,C,
Phone: 202-546-4996

Radio Free Europe, 1201 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D,C. 20036
Phone: 202-457-6950, Fax: 202-457-6997

London Times, 529 14th Street N.W., Suite 1040, Washington D,C. 20045
Phone: 202-347-7659, please mail correspondence

New York Times, Foreign Correspondent, 229 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY

The European, Rue le Correge #27, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

International Herald Tribune, 1150 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071
Phone: 202-334-7418

International Herald Tribune, I8I Ave. Charles DeGaulle, 92521 Neuilly
Cedex, France

c/o International Desk, CNN, 1 CNN Centcr, Atlanta, GA 30374
Phone: 404-827-1500 or 827-0234

Read the latest John Hammell update on the "CODEX" Commission's meeting in
Bonn, Germany.
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Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 01:28:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Eric D Nash <ednS94@hamp.hampshire.edu>
To: san <sanet-mg@ces.ncsu.edu>
Subject: CODEX question
MIME-Version: 1.0

To those of you who might have skipped this one based on the non-ag
veneer of the first paragraphs, please read the following stripped down
version of this recent sannet post.

Is this for real, or some zany internet paranoia? If those of you who are
Codex literate could enlighten those of us who are not, I would be much


In October, 1996, Codex met in Bonn, Germany to make radical changes in the
governing dietary supplements for member nations. The proposals of greatest
were those made by the German delegation ("Proposed Draft Guidelines
for Dietary Supplements") and is being sponsored by Hoechst, Bayer and
BASF. These are the three drug companies formed when the Nurenberg War
Trials disbanded IG Farben, manufacturer of the poison gas used in Nazi
concentration camps. This is not the first time that the U.N. has been linked
closely with Nazi war criminals.  Ostensibly, their purpose is to
"....create a
set of international standards to guide the world's growing food industry and
to protect the health of consumers." If you really believe that, I have some
ocean front property for you at half price in Saskatoon.

The drug company backed proposals call for the following:
1. No vitamin, mineral, herb, etc., can be sold for prophylactic
(preventative) or
therapeutic reasons
2. Natural remedies can be sold as food but they must not exceed the
potency (dosage)
levels set by the commission.  This means that consumer access to dietary
will be limited to the RDA dosage as a maximum limit for vitamins (vitamin
C - 60 mg,
vitamin E - 15 mg, etc.). Supplements without an RDA (e.g. coenzyme Q10)
would be
illegal to sell because they would all become drugs.
3. Codex regulations for dietary supplements would become binding,
eliminating the
escape clause within the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that
a nation to set its own standards. This applies to all member countries of
the U.N. Any
nation that does not accept and apply these new standards will be heavily
fined by the World Trade Organization (WTO) creating the potential of
crippling entire sectors of that nation's economy.
4. All new supplements would be banned unless they go through the Codex approval

Five steps have already been taken in the Codex process over the past few
Remember Canadian Bill C-7 which was passed eventually in Canada as C-8? The
similarity of the process, the secrecy and the wording between the Codex
proposals and the Canadian laws is uncanny. Voting in favour of adopting
the German proposal has been overwhelming (16 for and 2 against in the most
recent vote). The Codex process is now at "Step Five"- formalization and
debate concerning the specific features. In two years, Codex could jump
from step 5 to step 8 to finalize these restrictions.  The Codex proposals
already exist as law in Norway and Germany where the entire health food
industry has literally been taken over by the drug companies. In these
countries, vitamin C above 200 mg is illegal as is vitamin E above 45 IU,
Vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on. Shering-Plough, the Norway pharmaceutical
giant, now controls an echinacea tincture which is being sold there as an
OTC drug at grossly inflated prices. The same is true of ginkgo and many
other herbs and only one government controlled pharmacy has the right to
import supplements as medicines which they can sell to health food stores,
convenience stores, or pharmacies.

According to Dr. Matthias Rath, researcher and author who discovered a
between vitamin C deficiency and heart disease, the three Nazi-linked drug
companies pushing so hard for the German proposal, Hoechst, Bayer and BASF,
are also manufacturers of heart drugs. Obviously, with the vitamin
competition gone, nothing will stop their profits.

IS CANADA INVOLVED? Yes, very much so. According to John C. Hammell,
legal advocate for the U.S. based Life Extension Foundation, the
Nazi-linked proposals
have the backing of Canadian and French Codex commission representatives.
In June of 1996, the Codex Executive committee will be creating an "expert
panel" on herbs which is likely to generate a "negative list" to prevent
public access to certain herbs internationally (see the list below). The
formation of this "expert panel" was advocated by none other than the
Canadian representatives. Why then are the HPB and the CHFA denying that
the Codex proposals will have no impact on the availability of nutritional
supplements in Canada? Either spokespersons for these two groups are
ignorant about the proposals or they are lying to the public in order to
protect drug company profits. After all, several voting members of the CHFA
are owned by or are subsidiaries of major drug manufacturers or
pharmaceutical chains. Neither group can be trusted to give the public
straight answers about the Codex scam. They are in a clear conflict of
interest since they stand to gain financially when the supplement prices
are boosted out the roof.

Further evidence of Canadian involvement is the HPB position on what is or
is not a food or a drug. This bunch is either cleverly devious about their
of pharmaceutical concerns or just plain dumb. For example, garlic, ginger,
licorice and peppermint are considered to be foods when sold as spices.
If a grocery store manager makes claims for their therapeutic effects,
they then become drugs via a hocus pocus mechanism which remains to be defined.

As it now stands in Canada (and this changes on a regular basis given the
current mood,
blood sugar level or whims of officials at the HPB)  the following list of
available health food store nutritional  supplements are considered
nebulously to be
either "a drug", "a drug even  in the absence of claims" or "a new drug
with claims":
Aloe vera, Astragalus, Bilberry, Capsicum, Cascara sagrada,  Cat's claw,
Dong Quai, Echinacea Augustifolia and Purpurea, Ephedra, Feverfew, Garlic,
Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, Golden Seal, Gotu Kola, Hawthorne, Java Java, Licorice,
Milk Thistle, Pau D'arco (Taheebo), Peppermint,  Psyllium, Sarsaparilla, Saw
palmetto, Yohimbe...

This list is likely to expand over the next two years. If the Codex and
the HPB have their way, your favourite supplements will be replaced by
expensive, patented, over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Just look what
has already happened to amino acids like tryptophan. Once available for
under $20 for a bottle of 100 tablets of 500 mgs. at your local health food
store, the same tablet is now only available by prescription at a cost of
over $120 at your pharmacy. On top of that, in order to get a prescription
for tryptophan, you will have to convince your doctor to give you one. This
is easier said than done simply because most medical doctors have no clue
what tryptophan does or believe it to be toxic. Project this shallow
thinking on to the herbs listed above and it becomes quite clear that
public access to natural remedies will be a thing of the past. For more
information, documentation and a plan of action that you can take to fight
the Codex proposals, contact:

John Hammell Legislative Advocate
The Life Extension Foundation, 2411 Monroe St. #2, Hollywood, FL 33020 USA
>800-333-2553 954-929-2905 fax: 954-929-0507 >e-mail: John@lef.org Internet:
http://www/lef.org/lef/index.html >

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