American Holistic Health Association Special Codex Update - August 23, 2002 Deadline for Consumer Comments!




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See related articles on Codex 1, 2, 3, 4 and on European Union.




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(Editors note: see also Vitamins by prescription only?)


CODEX UPDATE August 2002

Special Update from the American Holistic Health Association with items of interest to those actively enhancing their health and well-being -- another free service from AHHA.

Now is the time to speak up. August 23rd is the deadline for submitting your comments to influence the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it develops the official U.S. position for agenda items to be addressed at the November 2002 session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). This includes changes to the Codex Proposed Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (  You can review the U.S. Draft Position as of July, 2002 - Proposed Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (, then submit your suggestions to the FDA by e-mail to

The AHHA Codex Information web site provides background data and recent developments. Visit or

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be positioning itself to become the ultimate authority judging the "safety" of vitamin and mineral supplements in the U.S.  Recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a framework that the FDA may use to evaluate the safety of dietary supplements. For details, review the article, "IOM Releases Proposed Framework for Dietary Supplements" ( The six "controversial" dietary ingredients selected for a mock trial using the proposed guidelines are chaparral, chromium picolinate, glucosamine, melatonin, saw palmetto and shark cartilage.  Some experts have commented that this is "reinventing the wheel," as there is already considerable research validating the safety of these products.  You can submit your comments through late September by e-mail to


CODEX UPDATE January 2002

This global issue is proving to be very difficult to track. AHHA is making significant progress creating a Codex section of our web site to keep you informed.  This month we bring you another article from someone who attended the November Codex session in Germany.  Go to  to learn the thoughts and concerns of Scott Tips, an attorney attending his second Codex session.

AHHA Special Update Editor: Suzan Walter
American Holistic Health Association
P.O. Box 17400, Anaheim, CA 92817-7400 USA
Phone:  (714) 779-6152
Web site:
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Update December 13, 2001.

At the beginning of 2001 we first alerted you to the Codex Alimentarius (Nutrition Code) Commission.  The actions of this international body have been the cause of increasing concern about our potential loss of access to nutritional supplements.  Susan Negus, Secretary/Treasurer of the AHHA Board of Directors, attended the most recent Codex meeting - November 26-30, 2001 in Berlin, Germany.  A report with her personal observations is available at

Want to do something about this?  AHHA is compiling options.  We will share with you through our website.

- AHHA Special Update Editor: Suzan Walter
American Holistic Health Association

Special Update from the American Holistic Health Association with items of interest to those actively enhancing their health and well-being -- another free service from AHHA.

Have you heard about the Codex Alimentarius (Nutrition Code) Commission?  We understand that the goal of this international commission (sponsored by the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is to set international standards that would ban all over the counter sales of herbs, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and all other supplements AND ban the dissemination of health information in relation to vitamins and other natural, non-patentable therapies. 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, according to one source. Numerous supplements are no longer available or available only by prescription. If the U.S. agrees to participate in these international harmonization efforts, we have to abide by them or risk sanctions.  Information on the activities of this commission is difficult to get in the U.S.  We urge you to explore what is available on the Internet (via your favorite search engines, such as Yahoo, Google, etc. using "codex alimentarius"), but be careful to note the date material was posted. AHHA was alerted that the FDA has set a January 16, 2001 deadline for consumer comments relative to a meeting that will be held November 11, 2001.  Become aware of what is developing and form your own opinions on this matter.  As appropriate, make your wishes known to your representative in Washington, DC.

Ever been discussing "holistic" and discovered the other person was using the term very differently than you? Some people use holistic as a synonym for alternative medicine.  AHHA encourages the definition of "holistic" as the whole is more than the sum of the interdependent parts, supporting the concept of the interaction of mind, body, and spirit. In the AHHA web site, under the section "What is Holistic Health?" at, you will find several short articles that present this in more detail.

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American Holistic Health Association
P.O. Box 17400, Anaheim, CA 92817-7400 USA
Phone:  (714) 779-6152
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"Dirtiest Politics in the World"

The Honourable Eugene Whelan, recently retired Canadian Senator and former Minister of Agriculture, attended recent meetings of Codex (the international food regulating body), and described Codex as the "phoniest organization in the world." Codex representatives were not scientists. Most had no background in agriculture or food, and were heavily lobbied by industry. He described how the USA manipulated the proceedings as the "dirtiest politics in the world."

July 15, 2003

Dear Sirs:

I would like to know what your thoughts on the proposed food labeling initiative that is being discussed at the World Trade Organization? I feel that CODEX could severely inhibit our abilities to obtain supplements! It seems that most people in the United States are blind to the ramifications of this global harmonization.
Another issue that is threatening our health freedom is the S. 722 bill. We need to lobby government to throw this bill out. The FDA has plenty of authority under DHSEA and they should use it!
Please let me know if your organization is doing anything in the efforts to stand in the way of CODEX.
Please see the following web pages if you would like more information:
I implore every organization involved in health freedom to learn about CODEX and bill S.722, the latter is paving the way for the global harmonization process. Please pay investigate, because we cannot afford to loose what little health freedom we currently have!
Tylene Ashcroft


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