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September 21, 2004

Codex: South Africa May Not Attend Nutrition Committee Meeting in Bonn

As the fight against a restrictive Codex Alimentarius Guideline on food supplements is approaching its final act, some disturbing news reaches us from South Africa: The minister of health has apparently ordered the SA delegation not to attend this year's Codex Nutrition Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany, scheduled for early November.

South Africa has been the only country to oppose the restrictions planned by Codex Alimentarius international guidelines and to call for a relatively free regime for nutritional products, which could revolutionize health care world wide.

Anthony Rees of the Herbology and Optimal Nutrition Education and Research Institute, sounds the alarm. There may be international political pressure on South Africa brought to bear by pharma interests causing this abrupt about-face, as the Codex guideline goes into its last steps.

Update 27 September 2004:

I am informed that the decision (for the South African delegation not to attend the Bonn meeting) has been reversed. Thank you to all who may have had a hand in bringing about this change of mind.

See also related:

South Africa breaks ranks at Codex Nutrition Committee

Codex and the Titanic's Deck Chairs

South Africa: Traditional Medicine to Fight AIDS, Poverty

Codex: Labelling Committee Asked to Allow Information on Food Preventive Effects

South Africa Opposes Codex Rule on Food Health Information


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Tuesday September 21 2004
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010

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Readers' Comments

This hoopla about all the vitamin supplements being taken off the markets is yet another piece of garbage perpetrated by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. As a Pharmacist, I have gone around the block so to speak, and my personal opinion is that drug companies have many doctors in their pockets. That seems to be true. Also, Drs prescribe what Drug reps tell them to prescribe. That IS true. People ARE getting sicker. That IS true. Changes in personal nutrition, coupled with necessary supplements should alleviate many of the root causes of many diseases. In my opinion, many diseases have their root in poor nutrition. Even though you can eat a lot, you can still have malnutrition. So: Perhaps, when all the Pharmaceutical Companies complete their greed shenanigans, the True Organic Farmers should, if they can keep Monsanto's gene pool from infecting their crops, be able to make a fortune on supplying us with really GOOD food for our health. The message: Buy Organic. From the local farmers.

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