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September 26, 2004

Codex Committee To Meet In Germany To Finalize Supplements Guidelines

The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses will meet from 1 to 5 November in Bonn, Germany, at the Brückenforum, Friedrich-Breuer-Strasse 17, in order to finalize a Codex Alimentarius Guideline for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
On the agenda of the committee are the vitamin guideline which should be finalized this year, but also a guideline for the use of nutrition claims on food labels or in promoting foods, proposals for new nutrient reference values we find on food labels, a standard for infant formula and other business.

The members of Codex Alimentarius are countries, but the representatives to this particular committee, shaping our future nutrition-related laws, are generally lower level officials of ministries of health around the planet, who argue and vote just as much following personal preferences as they try to "represent" their respective countries' existing laws...

International rules and regulations are being shaped by these people, who have a great responsibility: they must guess the wishes of their respective countries' citizens and represent them at the discussion table. Yes, it is a difficult task. But they will not know your wishes unless you tell them. Your country's Codex representation can be found on this page.

It is possible for interested public to attend the Bonn meeting. More information for those wishing to attend can be obtained from Georg Mueller or Martina De Grave at the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Verbraucherschutz, Ernährung und Landwirtschaft) in Bonn. By phone +49 228 529 4655 or fax +49 228 529 4842.

I encourage readers interested in the future availability of supplements to download the report from last year's meeting, to read up on what is happening, and to get in touch with their country's Codex Contact point.

If you live in the US, here's the link to a new Citizens for Health ( "Health Action Center" Codex
letter forwarded by James Gormley of Citizens for Health

Take Action! Ask the U.S. Codex Delegation to protect DSHEA!

I am going to ask all of you to please put your collective hundreds of contacts and networks on high alert to please act on the letter by coordinating the sending in of thousands upon thousands of letters to the official U.S. Codex Delegates whose names are listed. And it's as easy as clicking on the link, reading the letter, filling in your info and clicking submit!

Let's all write to Dr. Barbara Schneeman now and other key official U.S. Codex delegates to let them know that we are confident that the U.S. Delegation won't let us down at the Codex conference tables in Bonn, Rome, Geneva and here in the U.S.

This letter reflects a collaborative effort between Citizens for Health and David Hinde's Alliance for Natural Health.

See previous articles on this site on Codex:

The Growing Threats to DSHEA
A well documented article by Paul Taylor, discussing DSHEA, the US law on food supplements passed in 1994, and how this law may be influenced by the Codex Alimentarius guidelines on supplements...

South Africa breaks ranks at Codex Nutrition Committee

Codex 2003 - Grossklaus and Mathioudakis: Nutrition not relevant to Health

Codex and the Titanic's Deck Chairs

Codex Alimentarius - Optimizing Nutrient Intakes

Codex Alimentarius – A threat to your vitamin supplements?

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

South Africa Opposes Codex Rule on Food Health Information

Codex Commission Agrees on Supplement Safety Approach

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

Codex - The Facts by James Gormley - Citizens for Health


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday September 26 2004
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010

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Codex Alimentarius - Optimizing Nutrient Intakes
During the annual meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition and Foods For Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in November 2003, a decision was made to establish an electronic working group to set new nutrient reference values for the labelling of food products. Work on this is proceeding and indeed, the National Health Federation (NHF) has recently made a well documented proposal for optimized nutrient reference values that would -... [read more]
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Tuesday 2 November 2004 - The Codex Alimentarius Nutrition Committee sitting in a week-long conclave here in Bonn, formerly the capital of Germany, has concluded its deliberations of proposed international Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. I am sitting in this meeting together with Scott Tips and Paul Taylor of the National Health Federation, one of the only consumer-centered bodies allowed in the meetings, and certainly the only NGO that... [read more]
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The international food standard setting body, Codex Alimentarius has been deliberating a giudeline to determine what information food product labels may contain. The draft guideline, which is ready to be adopted at the next meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2004, says that no information may be given regarding any food's effects for the prevention, alleviation or cure... [read more]
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Codex: WHO/FAO Told Nutrient Risk Assessment Must Consider Benefits
In a submission to the FAO/WHO nutrient risk assessment project, Dr. Robert Verkerk, Director of the Alliance for Natural Health charges that assessment of the possible risks of nutrient overdose must also consider the beneficial effects of nutrients. He says that risk assessments undertaken to date "are not based on a sufficiently rational scientific platform" and "will provide misleading information for policy decision-makers". At stake is the continued availability of... [read more]
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Codex: Labelling Committee Asked to Allow Information on Food Preventive Effects
The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Labelling in its recent meeting in Montreal, Canada, heard a proposal of the Republic of South Africa, to re-think its rules which prohibit food manufacturers saying or implying that a food may aid in the prevention or cure of a disease. Although various foods clearly do prevent and even cure diseases, any claims for such effects are strictly limited to pharmaceutical products registered as... [read more]
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'Stop Codex' - Rath Protests Plans For Supplements
The Nutrition Committee of Codex Alimentarius, an international standard-setting body of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization, is deliberating harmonized world-wide guidelines for vitamin and mineral supplements in Bonn, Germany this week, starting Monday, 1 November. The proposal goes back ten years and was introduced by the German delegation to the committee. At the time the text seemed extremely restrictive, prompting me to comment in a rather critical way. Since... [read more]
November 02, 2004 - Sepp Hasslberger




Readers' Comments

A comment received from a friend in the US by e-mail this morning (27-09-2004):

Unbelievable, if the Codex Alimentarius Committee had any awareness of food at all they wouldn't be wasting their time trying to create a nutritional profile for infant formula, which is made of soy isolates and toxic chemical additives. They, especially this committee, are unfit and unqualified to represent the dietary branch of scientific inquiry.
The science produced from such studies amounts to nothing more than "agenda driven junk science."

Posted by: Sepp on September 27, 2004 11:33 AM


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