Title: Codex and the Health Protection Branch
Author: Linda K. Beach C.H.
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Codex and the Health Protection Branch
by Linda K. Beach C.H.
As a professional medical researcher, I have been attempting to
make some sense of the activities of the Health Protection Branch
To understand why the HPB is making sweeping changes in the
natural health product industry, I'm inclined to introduce you to
CODEX, other wise known as the World Health Organization (WHO).
That's right, WHO.
WHO has a connection with CODEX and the HPB. They are officially
known as the United Nations/World Health Organization/CODEX
Alimentarius (Nutrition Code) Commission. This Commission meets
every two years with stakeholders in the industry.
By virtue of the fact that the natural health product industry
and the public do not have representation at CODEX meetings,
CODEX can be considered the largest threat to our health choices
in today's modern world. Why? Simply because CODEX has unilateral
capability and biased authority to control the standards for the
health industry and its products.
The media has also been shielded from the truth behind this
secretive group because they prefer their actions to be kept
secret. For example, Bill C-7 (C-8 in Canada) was passed using
secret wording that the public was not privy to.
Why the deflection of disclosure? Could it not be CODEX and the
HPB are not forth coming with the truth about their activities
because they stand to gain substantial financial considerations
when the NHP market prices skyrocket. After all, they would be
the absolute regulatory body!
Just what is the Codex's role in the NHP industry? They claim to
"guide and protect" the foods industry. While traditionally all
natural health products (NHPs) would fall under the foods
category unless they make a health claim, CODEX intent is to
change NHPs to the status of 'drug" thus the reasoning as to why
many consumers and other stakeholders continue to be confused as
to whether a natural health product is a food or a drug.
Consider this. Does CODEX and the giant pharmaceutical backed
companies have our best interest in mind when they make a
statement like "no herbal products, minerals or vitamins can be
sold for preventative purposes? Isn't that the purpose of such
products? Hasn't the health industry branded their products into
the consumers mind with the statement 'an ounce of prevention was
worth a pound of cure'?
If this Commission has their final say, natural heath products
could be sold but only as a 'food item' and with limited
medicinal ingredients. In fact the dosages would be severely
reduced and sold at grossly elevated prices. Where's the
Can you imagine Vitamin E with only 15mg and Vitamin C with only
60 mg at a cost of $50.00? It's already happening in Germany
where an amino acid that once sold for $20, now sells for
$120.00. Dosages that exceed these standards would be classified
as drugs and therefore illegal to sell.
If you don't think the CODEX can be enforced, guess again. Any
country that does not accept these enforced standards would
unfortunately be subject to severe fines by the World Trade
To learn more about the proposed NHP regulations and the Phase-In
Transitional periods you can visit www.medicalbotanyresearch.com
Copyright © 2005 Linda K. Beach C.H.
About Linda: Linda K Beach CH is the chief consultant and owner
of Medical Botany Research. Medical Botany Research provides
Canadian Natural Health Product registration in Canada.
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