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Codex Alimentarius (CA) Threatens Human
By Stephen Lendman
On its web site, Codex Alimentarius (Latin for food code) says:
"The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by the
FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN) and WHO (World Health
Organization) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as
codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main
purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring
fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food
standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental
Whatever its founding purpose, CA is much different today
because corporate interests control it - global pharmaceutical, food, and
banking giants in league with complicit UN and government agencies to promote
GMOs over healthy foods, and drugs over natural remedies by restricting or
banning vitamin and dietary supplements, except ones they control. Organic food
as well by irradiation and hidden synthetic additives or ingredients.
If CA's standards and guidelines are adopted, they'll
establish binding global rules, effectively overriding sovereign national laws.
GMO foods and drugs will proliferate. Labeling will be banned. Food and drug
giants will decide what will and won't be sold. Governments will be prohibited
from countermanding them. Everyone's health and well-being will be
Since its 2004 founding, the Natural Solutions Foundation has
been involved in "discover(ing), develop(ing), demonstrat(ing) and
disseminat(ing) natural solutions to the problems facing us and threatening our
health and freedom." Its goal is "to support advanced healthcare and health
freedom" globally, not a system promoting corporate interests at the expense of
human health and well-being.
It explains that CA has "absolutely nothing to do with
consumer protection." It's a corporate-run "Trade Commission" created to control
"every aspect of how food and nutritional supplements are produced and sold to
the consumer." It's about profits, not human health. It wants to ban natural
remedies and promote unsafe drugs. It's "unscientific because it classifies
nutrients as toxins and uses 'Risk Assessment' to set ultra low so-called 'safe
upper limits' for them." It wants to prohibit everything not explicitly
permitted and controlled by them.
Under the 1986 - 1993 GATT Uruguay Round, its 110 member
countries agreed to harmonize their domestic laws to conform to international
standards. In January 1995, the WTO replaced GATT, and as of July 2008, its
membership included 153 nations.
Its Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade was established
"to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do
not create unnecessary obstacles. It specifically refers to:
-- ...."the important contributions that international
standards and conformity assessment systems can make....by improving efficiency
of production and facilitating the conduct of international trade....;"
-- the importance of "develop(ing) such international
standards and conformity assessment systems."
It states that "Members are fully responsible under this
Agreement for the observance of all provisions of Article 2" - pertaining to the
"Preparation, Adoption and Application of Technical Regulations by Central
Government Bodies;" under them, "Members shall formulate and implement positive
measures and mechanisms in support of the observance of (Article 2's) provisions
by other than central government bodies."
This means that WTO members are legally bound under global
guidelines, including CA standards if adopted, that override currently in force
national laws. Under WTO rules, failure to comply may bring punitive fines or
crippling trade sanctions.
At its July 2005 session, the Codex Committee on Nutrition and
Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), drew up guidelines that set
restrictive upper dosage limits on popularly used vitamin and mineral
supplements and nutrients. They prohibit the sale of all curative, preventative,
and therapeutic supplements without a doctor's prescription, most now accessible
over-the-counter at health food, other stores, or by mail order.
Twenty-six other committees are tasked with setting global
standards for different areas of the global food and drug trade,
-- fruits and vegetables;
-- fruit and vegetable juices;
-- fats and oils;
-- meat, poultry and fish;
-- cereals, pulses (used for food and animal feed) and
-- milk and milk products;
-- natural mineral waters;
-- cocoa products and chocolate;
-- food hygiene;
-- food labeling (as a way not to disclose GMO foods and
-- pesticide residues;
-- residues of veterinary drugs found in foods;
-- food additives;
-- regional coordination, and more.
Codex standards are binding on all WTO members under its
Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the
Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Both were included among the
Multilateral Agreements on Trade in Goods that was part of the 1994 Marrakesh
Agreement that established the WTO.
Currently, it says that "there is no legal obligation on
Members to apply Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations." In fact, the
WTO uses them to resolve international trade disputes that are legally binding
on all members.
On December 31, 2009, Codex standards will be globally
mandated unless legal challenges prevent it. In force, they'll override food and
drug laws of all member countries, including consumer protection ones and
America's 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). It
classifies nutrients and herbs as foods, sets no dosage limits, and permits the
sale of all dietary supplements unless expressly proved unsafe. Codex rules
reverse things by prohibiting everything NOT proved safe, including high
potency, therapeutically effective nutrients and supplements.
Common foods, herbs, nutrients, amino acids, homeopathic and
other natural remedies would be called drugs. Potencies would be limited, and
prescriptions would be required for their use. Some would be banned
In contrast, about 300 dangerous food additives will be
allowed, including aspartame, BHA, BHT, potassium bromate, and tartrazine. New
guidelines will authorize the worldwide proliferation of unlabeled GMO foods,
drugs, and ingredients, known to harm human health.
-- dangerous high-potency industrial chemicals, pesticides,
and fungicides will be allowed, ones now near-universally banned, including
aldrin, hexachlorobenzene and toxaphene;
-- growth hormones for cows will be mandated;
-- antibiotics as well for all "food herds, fish and flocks;"
-- irradiation will be required for all foods not locally
grown and sold raw and unprocessed; and
-- new standards will permit dangerous toxic levels (0.5 ppb)
of aflotoxin in milk produced from moldy storage conditions of animal feed;
aflotoxin is one of most potent carcinogenic compounds known.
In addition, professional written, oral or other nutritional
advice will be banned, including about the benefits of vitamins, minerals,
nutrients and other health-promoting substances. Henceforth, they'll be
considered toxins or poisons to be removed from food because Codex will prohibit
their use to "prevent, treat or cure any condition or disease."
In America before the 1996 Food Quality and Protection Act
passed, the 1958 Delaney Clause prohibited use of known carcinogens in processed
foods. It specifically said:
"the Secretary of the Food and Drug Administration shall not
approve for use in food any chemical additive found to induce cancer in man, or,
after tests, found to induce cancer in animals."
It protected against unsafe food additives, meat and poultry
drugs, color additives, and cancer-causing pesticide residues in processed foods
above a certain level.
On July 23, Obama appointed Monsanto vice-president and
lobbyist Michael Taylor as food safety czar - the man Jeffrey Smith, author and
leading GMO foods critic, called "The person who may be responsible for more
food-related illnesses and death than anyone in history....This is no
joke....What have we done?"
At FDA in the early 1990s, Taylor headed policy over letting
Monsanto's GM bovine growth hormone (rBGH) be injected into cows to increase
milk supply despite the known health dangers. He also kept containers from being
labeled to warn consumers. Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand banned the
drug because of the significant cancer and other risks.
Taylor also got the FDA to treat genetically modified foods
and ingredients as "substantially equivalent" to natural ones, so no testing was
required for safety. Ever since in America and many other countries, GM foods
have proliferated despite reliable evidence of their harm to human
Rumored to become USDA's food safety head is Dennis Wolff - an
rBGH-using dairy farmer and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary. Wolff
spearheaded state legislation to ban rNGH-free labeling so consumers could
choose safe milk over contaminated brands. He partially succeeded when governor
Ed Rendell balked but allowed an FDA disclaimer on containers regarding bovine
growth hormone's safety.
Operation Cure All
A June 14, 2001 FTC press release headlined "Operation Cure
All Wages New Battle in Ongoing War Against Internet Health Fraud." It cited a
1997 initiated law enforcement and consumer education campaign in announcing new
actions against "the fraudulent marketing of supplements and other health
products on the Internet" targeting dietary supplements, herbal products, and
various other "questionable" substances. The FDA claimed (without evidence) that
"unscrupulous marketers (were selling to) the sickest and most vulnerable
consumers." To the general public as well that relies on them as essential
nutrients and natural remedies that are far more effective, safer, and vastly
cheaper than dangerous overpriced drugs.
At stake isn't consumer safety. It's protecting drug company
profits by eliminating competition. It's about removing safe alternatives,
natural therapies, and information about them. It's to empower drug giants and
approve only their products for sale. It's to establish standards they alone
write; to pave the way for mass-marketing of genetically modified foods and
drugs. It's a stepping stone toward mandated harmful global Codex rules.
Codex Alimentarius - A Sinister Scheme for Profit at the
Expense of Human Health
Empowering Ag and drug giants through CA poses an unacceptable
danger to humanity as Dr. Rima Laibow, Medical Director of the Natural Solutions
-- it will replace "safe upper (nutrient) limits with junk
-- reduce them to useless levels; and
-- call essential-to-life and well-being nutrient levels toxic
Adequate nutrient levels are vital to "health and longevity.
Nutrients are essential components of enzyme function in the human body and
enzymes are the very stuff of life because they carry out every biological
process in your body. Without enzymes, nothing would happen. Literally."
"There would be no digestion, no growth, no
detoxification....no life. At any moment, approximately 35,000 enzymatic
reactions are occurring in every cell in your body. Nutrients feed and support
enzymatic action and that's why they are so crucial to health."
At optimum levels, they produce optimum health. At impaired
levels, symptoms. At unhealthy levels, illness, and "No enzymatic action =
death." Varying human nutrient needs depend on "genetic diversity and
requirement, diet, climate and energy output, toxic load (from food, water, air,
and skin absorption), underlying nutritional deficits, (and all types of)
diseases and stress." In sum, it's called "Biological Individuality - a concept
"totally absent from the philosophy of Codex Alimentarius."
According to Laibow, there is no "scientifically measurable
'upper limit' for nutrients" because their potential toxicity is "astonishingly
low" even though at times "more is not necessarily better." DSHEA prohibits
nutrient upper limits because they're foods, not drugs. "Scientifically, DSHEA
is right on the mark." CA is pseudo-science for profit at the expense of human
health. Legal challenges have five months left to stop them.
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for
Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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