We am aware from the volume of incoming emails that there
is a large amount of confusion regarding the Codex issue. We
are receiving emails from people saying everything from "I
have just read a US website that says all our supplements will
be banned within months, and if so, my life won't be worth
living" to "Major trade organizations are telling us that
there is nothing to worry about".
All of this contributes to understandable confusion, and we
appreciate that it is making many people feel despondent.
The reality is that all of this means different things to
different people. What can be said for sure, however, is that
Codex won't cause all supplements to be banned in a matter of
months. Codex will however have very serious impacts in the
longer-term, especially if the risk assessment system that it
proposes to use to establish maximum allowed dosages is not
changed over the coming months.
However, please don't feel despondent. Not all is lost
by any means, despite the acceptance of Codex texts in Rome at
the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
last Monday. There is still latitude to move things
forward in the interests of consumer freedom of choice,
particularly with regard to the precise nature of the
'scientific risk assessment' methods to be used within Codex.
This is the area that we at ANH are focusing a lot of our
attention on. The next Codex meeting in Bonn, Germany this
November, will be critical to determining the final outcome
and of course central to new information on this issue is the
independent risk assessment project being undertake by the
Netherlands-based HAN Foundation,
commissioned by the ANH on 27 June.
All the other projects being undertaken by the ANH will also
help greatly to protect consumer freedom of choice, should
they be successfully accomplished. But without your
support, we cannot succeed. Critical to us right now is
- Website and server fees to cover additional bandwidth
usage caused by unprecendented visits to the ANH website and
viewings of the We Become Silent documentary by Kevin
Miller (viewable from the banner at the top of the
ANH homepage). Please view this documentary and make a
- Legal fees for our proposed new legal challenge to the
EU Human Medicinal Products (Pharmaceuticals) Directive,
which also incorporates a challenge to the Traditional
Medicinal Products Directive
- Ground-breaking technical, scientific and legal work on
risk assessment science and other global legislative threats
- Professional Public Affairs (lobbying) and Public
- Very modest costs of administration, required to run our
global campaign organisation
For a summary of the issues are they relate to consumers, please
follow this link:
I hope this goes some way to clarifying the confusion.
Many thanks for your support and interest in this complex but
vital field, which centres on the protection of medical freedom
of choice and the ability to access natural health approaches.
And please, never give up - we certainly won't!
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