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Subject: TABD Announces Plan to Harmonize EU-US Vitamin Regs. TABD/CODEX to SCREW Vitamin CONSUMERS WORLDWIDE?
From: "International Advocates for Health Freedom" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 05:27:54 -0500
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IAHF List: US and EU leaders (minus any consumer input) have agreed on principles to "harm-onize" global dietary supplement regulations. See the Press Release Below from CRN about the recent Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue ("TABD") Meeting in Cincinnati Ohio USA. We vitamin consumers are being totally disenfranchised, and must complain bitterly to Congress and other elected officials world wide as the multinationals continue to hijack the planet and take us all for a very dangerous ride. Please take a moment to forward this alert to your Congressmen and Members of Parliament immediately, and demand to know why your voice is being excluded. Please forward this alert to more vitamin consumers world wide. Anyone can be on the IAHF list, sign up at http://www.iahf.com/ at the listbot menu.
Tony Juniper of Friends Of the Earth Intl said:
"The TABD is little more than a secretive attempt by the world´s biggest businesses to carve up the future of the world´s trading system. Their agenda will dominate much of the discussion at the WTO talks. They stand for unregulated free trade, with their companies released from environmental and social obligations.
A World Trade Organisation dominated by the smooth corporate suits of the TABD is literally not worth having. Before the world´s governments decide to extend the WTO´s remit even further, perhaps they should stop and consider the damage that the planet will suffer if their friends in the multi-nationals get their way."
The Council for Responsible Nutrition, the alleged "vitamin trade association" which is dominated by pharmaceutical interests (see their membership page at http://www.crnusa.org/2members.html) has the following press release on their website about the recent TABD effort to "harmonize" US and EU vitamin regulations: I have queried John Cordaro of CRN and Peter Heer of Roche about these proceedings from which consumers are obviously being disenfranchised. I have also queried Loren Israelson of the LDI Group who is representing GNC in the TABD talks, wishing to know why consumers are being excluded.
I suspect none of these people will respond, and note that Hoffman La Roche was fined a record $500,000,000 in 1999 by the US Dept of Justice for engaging in illegal price fixing in the sale of vitamin raw materials. You don't suppose they'd use the TABD and CODEX to achieve the same objective to screw consumers do you? Read on..... and arm yourself to the teeth. Start taking daily target practice. The only thing safeguarding Americans rights anymore is our right to bear arms, and our globalist masters are pulling out all the stops to take THAT away from us so there won't be ANY impediment to forcing us into serfdom on their hoped for prison planet.
Read "Blueprint for a Prison Planet- The Plan to Microchip Humanity and Why You Won't Believe It" free online book at http://home.iae.nl/users/lightnet/world/blueprint.htm. Read: MASS CONTROL: Engineering Human Conciousness by Jim Keith http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/books/1881532208/customer-reviews/ref=pm_dp_ln_b_7/104-9422464-4422354
See the Recommended Reading section at http://www.iahf.com/ for more books for your personal library as you seek to live free in an unfree world.
See CRN's Press Release Below About the TABD Plans to Screw Us
Monday, November 20, 2000
Contact: Mike Greene 202/263-1003 email@example.com
WASHINGTON, DC -- The dietary supplements sector-working group of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) agreed on several key elements to harmonize the regulatory framework for vitamin and mineral food supplements on both sides of the Atlantic. These major breakthroughs were forged at the Sixth TABD CEO Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, from November 16-18.
The working group approved the principles and components on definition, safety, and GMPs. The working group also agreed to continue its dialogue and that its next steps would be to:
1.Define types of claims and appropriate labeling for food supplements and develop criteria for transatlantic acceptance of credible scientific evidence to substantiate these claims; evaluate mechanisms for authorizing/approving claims; and assess conditions for exclusivity to encourage research and development.
2.Encourage the scientific bodies responsible for the evaluation of the safety of total intakes of vitamins and minerals (EU Scientific Committee on Food and US Food and Nutrition Board) to cooperate closely to harmonize setting upper safe levels for vitamins and minerals.
3.Define and recommend methodologies for setting maximum levels for vitamin and/or mineral food supplements on the basis of upper safe levels of total intake for these nutrients and intakes from other sources. The responsible regulatory bodies are encouraged to cooperate and establish one set of figures for maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements on both sides of the Atlantic.
4.Seek urgently, in light of the imminent proposed US rule on GMPs, transatlantic harmony for implementing common GMPs and quality standards. The working group also agreed to develop practical procedures to support GMP details; and seek acceptance, implementation, and appropriate enforcement.
Progress toward transatlantic harmonization of dietary supplements was led by a team of supplement CEO´s that included: Gale Bensussen, Leiner Health Products Inc.; William Van Dyke, B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc.; Johannes Burges, Hermes Arzneimittel; and Sonnich Fryland, Ferrosan. They were among the more than 120 industry leaders from the U.S. and the European Union who called on their governments to adopt a list of progressive trade liberalization measures at this TABD CEO Conference.
The CEO´s, meeting with senior officials form the U.S. Administration, the European Commission, the U.S. Congress, and the European Parliament, made recommendations on how best to boost transatlantic and global trade and investment. They focused on specific mechanisms for resolving trade disputes and expanding the U.S.-EU commercial marketplace, which at $1 billion per day in two-way trade, is the world´s largest trading relationship.
"The recommendations we have developed at this meeting will, if adopted by the governments, expand trade and investment opportunities for large, medium, and small companies by removing obstacles and inefficiencies in the U.S. and European regulatory regimes," said George David, chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation and US TABD chair for 2000. "Adoption of these recommendations will create jobs, raise living standards, lower costs and improve access to goodsthat is, provide concrete benefits for business, for labor, and for consumers."
The TABD is a results-oriented forum that seeks to increase transatlantic trade and investment opportunities through the removal of costly inefficiencies from excessive regulation, duplication and differences in the EU and U.S. regulatory systems and procedures in a manner consistent with sustainable development.
For details about the dietary supplement sector working group progress and future plans, contact either Issues Manager John CordaroUSA firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter HeerEurope email@example.com.