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direct response from CODEX

Posted by ~CT on July 15, 2002 at 12:28:38:

A general inquiry to CODEX and their immediate response.

Note that I did not ask about any restrictions on vitamins or mineral supplements, only about their concerns, yet their response is defensive in nature.

One would think that any scientific discoveries would be openly and proudly disseminated, especially if they concern the health of our future generations. Certainly they could "white out" the names of the pharmaceuticals who funded the research that these forthcoming decisions will be ultimately based on

(p.s. according to this e-mail, the decision has NOT been made to restrict supplements. Would the person who saw the article in print please post the newspaper article, in it's entirety? I believe it was a post in some obscure European newspaper. Thanks!)

Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:08 AM
> To: Codex
> Subject: Vitamin supplements in Europe
>
> To whom it may concern:
>>
> I am interested in obtaining related articles of discovery concerning the
> availability of "over-the-counter" vitamin supplements. It has been
> reported that CODEX has major concerns regarding vitamin supplements, and
> that changes are in process for consumers in European countries.
>
>
> Regards,


Their response:

-----Original Message-----
> From: Maskeliunas, Jeronimas (ESNC) [mailto:Jeronimas.Maskeliunas@fao.org]
> Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 6:55 AM
> To: ****
> Cc: ESN-Registry; Doyran, Selma (ESNC)
> Subject: RE: Vitamin supplements in Europe
>
> Dear Mrs ****,
>
> Thank you for your interest in activities of the Codex Alimentarius
> Commission. I am very surprised hearing from you that the Codex intends to
> restrict vitamin and mineral supplements. First of all, I would like to
> provide some general clarification on the objectives of the Codex
> Alimentarius Commission and more particularly on the development of the
> Guidelines on Vitamin and mineral supplements.
>
> The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established in 1962 as an
> intergovernmental body to implement the Joint Food and Agricultural
> Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization
> (WHO) Food Standards Programme. The objectives of the Codex Alimentarius
> Commission include the protection of the health of consumers and the
> assurance of fair practices in food.
>
> The Codex Alimentarius interprets, literally, as "food code" or "food
law".
> The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally adopted food
> standards presented in a uniform manner. These international food
standards,
> herein also referred to as Codex Standards, have been systematically
> developed under the auspice of, and adoption by, the Codex Alimentarius
> Commission using 8 Steps procedure. All texts elaorated by the Codex
> Alimentarius Commission are of advisory nature and only Member Governments
> decide on their status inside a country.
>
> The principal developmental work of the Commission is undertaken by its
> various committees and other subsidiary bodies. The issue on supplements
you
> raised is being dealt with by the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods
for
> Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) hosted by the Government of Germany. For a
> number of years the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special
> Dietary Uses has been discussing a proposal to establish "Guidelines on
> Vitamin and Mineral Supplements". There are basic differences between the
> views of Member governments on the proposed Guidelines for Vitamin and
> Mineral Supplements and the draft proposal remains just that: - very much
a
> draft at Step 3 of the Codex Procedure. The Codex Alimentarius Commission
> bases its decisions on sound scientific data therefore we are not in a
> position to provide you with "related articles of discovery concerning the
> availability of "over-the-counter" vitamin supplements".
>
> The Codex Secretariat believes that the future of the Guidelines should be
> left in the hands of the Member Governments. There is considerable support
> for continuing the development of the Guidelines from Member countries (US
> and Canada excluded) as well as from the industry and the mainstream
> consumer organizations. It is to be hoped that most bracketed material can
> be resolved at the next two sessions of the Committee and a final text
> submitted for the final approval of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in
> 2005. What changes in the policy on the supplementation among the EU
Member
> countries are and could be - it is the matter of the EU and I suggest you
to
> direct your request to the European Community.
>
> You can also access more background information on the work of the Codex
> Alimentarius on the World-Wide Web at the following address:
>
> http://www.codexalimentarius.net
>
> I trust this information will help you to clarify the issue. Please feel
> free to contact me directly if you have any further problems or questions
on
> this matter.
>
> Best regards.
>
> Sincerely yours,
>
> Jeronimas Maskeliunas MD, PhD
> Food Standards Officer
> Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme
> Food and Nutrition Division, FAO
> Vialle delle Terme di Caracalla
> 00100 Rome, Italy
> Fax: 39 06 570 54593
> Email: Jeronimas.Maskeliunas@fao.org





Re: direct response from CODEX

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 15, 2002 at 12:31:39:

In Reply to: direct response from CODEX posted by ~CT on July 15, 2002 at 12:28:38:

Dr. Stoll asked me to post his e-mail response:

I know I may sound like an old grump, here,--a cynic, but I do not believe the reassuring tone of this note. I hope I am wrong but I have seen more than enough of these "stealth" laws, that do not match even approximately
the public releases used to reassure the public until it is too late, to last me a lifetime.

Time will tell. I would be very interested in what the public says in a few years when they find out that they have to get a prescription for any meaningful dose of vitamin C (for example).

I sincerely hope I am wrong!

Namaste`

Walt

P.S. It would save me time if you would put this response on the BB with
this article.

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Re: direct response from CODEX (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 16, 2002 at 08:56:17:

In Reply to: direct response from CODEX posted by ~CT on July 15, 2002 at 12:28:38:

Thanks, CT.

It is right to be skeptical about such a response.

Namaste`

Walt

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