July 6, 2005
CODEX Will Override DSHEA
NATIONAL HEALTH FEDERATION - A NOT-FOR-PROFIT HEALTH ORGANIZATION
July 2, 2005
URGENT ALERT !! ACT NOW!!
YOUR HEALTH FREEDOM IS BEING THREATENED
CAFTA VOTE - 1 WEEK AWAY
WE MUST NOT ALLOW CAFTA AND CODEX TO OVERRIDE DSHEA
The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Treaty will
require the U.S., a member of the World Trade Organization, to revise our
food laws and regulations based on Codex decisions. CAFTA would force harmonization
of our dietary supplements and regulations to international standards, overriding
the DSHEA Act of 1994.
The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the
even-broader Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) are both modelled
after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These agreements
are typical bureaucratic monstrosities of “managed” trade that
masquerade as free trade and would expand NAFTA to include first Central
America and then the rest of the Americas in an economic “union.”
True free trade would take a few pages of written text to enact (“eliminate
these barriers to trade and these tariffs,” etc.); all three of these
agreements encompass thousands of pages of bureaucratic textual garbage
sprinkled liberally with rules, regulations, and special-interest benefits.
Buried in the language of CAFTA is Section 6 that would require
of all its members that they form a Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) committee
for the purpose of insuring ongoing harmonization under the terms of the
SPS Agreement in the World Trade Organization (WTO). You can find that text
at the following website:
If you then look at Article 3 of the WTO’s SPS Agreement,
you will read the following words: "To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary
measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members shall base their food safety
measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations."
(emphasis added) And as you all know by now, Codex sets the international
standards for food safety including vitamins & minerals.
So, CAFTA, which is set for a vote in the House of Representatives
when they reconvene July 11th, 2005, is another critical link by which health-freedom
haters hope to bypass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of
1994 and obligate the United States and Canada by treaty to harmonize to
the harshly restrictive Codex vitamin-and-mineral standards. They cannot
be allowed to succeed, and we at the NHF completely oppose these two treaties
that would put a knife in the back of our health freedoms.
~CAFTA has already passed the Senate in a 54 to 45
vote on July 1st, 2005.
~Legislators have just recessed for one week, reconvening July 11,
~IMPORTANT- For House consideration, when they return, the Senate
Bill 1307 (click here to view bill), ratifying CAFTA, can be voted on without
going to committee. It is on the House calendar and may be brought
up at any time.
ONLY ONE WEEK TO ACT. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.
URGE THEM TO VOTE AGAINST CAFTA NOW.
YOUR LETTERS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE VOTING IN THE HOUSE
WILL BE CLOSE. WE HAVE ONE WEEK TO FLOOD THEIR OFFICES WITH CAFTA OPPOSITION
PLEASE JOIN IN THIS EFFORT AND CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.
Zeus Information Service
Alternative Views on Health
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