CODEX Abolishes Bill of Rights

s the U.S. Government about to void certain protections of the Constitution to reconcile differences with the legal codes of other nations not so endowed? Will the U.S. restrict freedom of speech, because other countries do not consider this freedom inviolable? Will the U.S. prohibit the commercial dissemination of information known to be truthful and not misleading? Will the U.S. nullify the Bill of Rights?

At face value these heresies are hard to believe. But examine the evidence and think twice, because certain regulatory agencies of the U.S. Government are now supporting such Constitution-overriding resolutions. They are doing so to serve up their idea of what constitutes "public health." The rationale for this outright assault against freedom of health choice - the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights be damned! - is being provided by an ill-conceived commission called the Codex Alimentarius, a body created by the United Nations 35 years ago.

UNHOLY ALLIANCE
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (called Codex, for short) came into existence in 1962 through the joint efforts of two primary U.N. organizations, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). On the surface, Codex provides an international mechanism for encouraging "fair international trade" in food while promoting the "health and economic interests" of consumers. Within the United States, Codex activities are coordinated by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Yet the notion of what is fair and what promotes the interests of consumers is quite different in other countries, not to mention within the walls of the above agencies. And if what these agencies are proposing comes to fruition, it will be the end of health freedom, life enhancement, and life extension as we know it.

This is no exaggeration! This is not hyperbole!

The Codex Commission is overwhelmingly populated by pharmaceutical corporation representatives whose stated goals, among others, are to establish worldwide guidelines for vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other dietary supplements. Directed by German pharmaceutical companies, it is the stated interest of Codex to protect drug markets from competition by banning, globally, all statements affirming the preventive and therapeutic value of dietary supplements. What about freedom of speech? Moreover, the vitamins approved by the commission represent a narrow spectrum of formulas, and nations that do not comply with these restrictions would be faced with economic sanctions. Do we have to be rocket scientists to see the writing on the wall? Our health freedom, and indeed all other freedoms, are at stake.

INTERNATIONAL VS. DOMESTIC STANDARDS
According to the FDA, "It is the intent of this [Codex] policy to enable FDA to continue to participate in international standards activities that assist it in implementing statutory provisions . . ."; and "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 . . ."; and "where a relevant international standard exists, or completion is imminent, it will generally be used in preference to a domestic standard."1

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

FDA PREPARES THE WAY
As this article is being written, a bill, purportedly aimed at increasing FDA "modernization and accountability," has been rushed to the floor of the U.S. Senate and passed by a vote of 98-2 on September 24. The bill (S.830) contains two clauses:

  • Clause one would enable the FDA to make our food and drug law the same as that of the European Union, which regards dietary supplements as drugs. Clause one also gives the FDA carte blanche to restrict potency levels of dietary supplements.
  • Clause two would approve "harmonization" (what a euphemism!) and enable any single company to make any dietary supplement into a drug. Make no mistake. If czar-like, dictatorial powers are presented as "modernization," and no unaccountability (to health seekers) is seen as "accountability," then the promises politicians continue to make are completely empty. (Why is this a surprise?).

If we let them get away with this, it's the beginning of the end of our hard-earned freedom of health choice. This is a situation that calls for immediate action. A firestorm of letters is needed to let our Congress critters and the media know what we think of this horrible plan.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
Now it's the U.S. House of Representative's turn to determine whether the FDA will be empowered to "harmonize" our rights away. Three bills just out of the Commerce Commitee - H.R. 1411, H.R. 1710, and H.R. 2469 - are the vehicles for dealing with the issues of the Senate's FDA "modernization" mayhem. Judging from the vote in the Senate, where the debate did not so much as mention Codex, we need to contact our representatives and insist that they say "NO!" to the Codex clauses. As of this writing both clauses are still alive in H.R. 1710 and possibly elsewhere in H.R. 1411 and H.R. 2469. The FDA doesn't need any new power; it needs less.

Please write, call, fax, e-mail, and phone the committee members and especially those from your State and your district. Chris Cox is a pro-freedom politician, rare in Washington or anywhere else. Call his office, call Chairman Bliley, call the committee and demand that they "Vote NO on H.R. 1711" and H.R. 1411 and H.R. 2469, if appropriate. Without your action now we will have BIG PROBLEMS.

  1. Federal Register, 60, No. 196, Wednesday, October 11, 1995.

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Republicans

Brian P. Bilbray, CA
Christopher Cox, CA
James Rogan, CA
Dan Schaefer, CO
Michael Bilirakis, FL
Cliff Stearns, FL
Nathan Deal, GA
Charlie Norwood, GA
Greg Ganske, IA
Michael D. Crapo, ID
J. Dennis Hastert, IL
John Shimkus, IL
Ed Whitfield, KY
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, LA
Fred Upton, MI
Richard Burr, NC
Rick Lazio, NY
Bill Paxon, NY
Paul E. Gillmor, OH Vice Chairman
Michael G. Oxley, OH
Tom Coburn, OK
Steve Largent, OK
James C. Greenwood, PA
Joe Barton, TX
Tom Bliley, VA, Chairman
Rick White, WA
Scott L. Klug, WI
Barbara Cubin, WY

Democrats

Anna G. Eshoo, CA
Henry A. Waxman, CA
Diana DeGette, CO
Peter Deutsch, FL
Bobby L. Rush, IL
Edward J. Markey, MA
Albert R. Wynn, MD
John D. Dingell, MI
Bart Stupak, MI
Karen McCarthy, MO
Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ
Eliot L. Engel, NY
Thomas J. Manton, NY
Edolphus Towns, NY
Sherrod Brown, OH
Thomas C. Sawyer, OH
Ted Strickland, OH
Elizabeth Furse, OR
Ron Klink, PA
Bart Gordon, TN
Gene Green, TX
Ralph M. Hall, TX
Rick Boucher, VA

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