From the June 2005 Idaho Observer:

Codex could give new meaning to July 4th

Consumer access to dietary supplements in the U.S. is being threatened by illegal FDA actions at the UN Codex Alimentarius Commission where the FDA has been working hard to create a mindlessly restrictive global trade standard for vitamins and minerals.

At the 28th General Session of the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission between July 4-9th 2005, barring a miracle, a very restrictive global trade standard for vitamins and minerals will be ratified. Codex standards can be imposed on the U.S. via membership in the WTO and via regional harmonization through an expansion of NAFTA via CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) and FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas).

These trade agreements threaten to force the U.S. into a hemispheric equivalent to the European Union.

Why this is not good

In the UK, despite over a million signatures on petitions gathered in British health food stores opposing harmonization of UK vitamin law to a mindlessly restrictive EU Food Supplement Directive, the UK government told consumers "we don’t care HOW MANY signatures you get on your petition, the UK is a member of the EU, and we’re harmonizing to EU law, whether you like it or not!"

The same thing will happen in the U.S. (and Canada) unless we kill CAFTA which is dying in Congress but not yet dead. CAFTA would plunge us down the slippery slope to the FTAA which threatens to harmonize (make the same) all laws from the Arctic Circle to Tierra Del Fuego.

More than just our dietary supplement laws are being threatened here. CAFTA and FTAA threaten the destruction of thousands of American jobs as they’d be outsourced to cheaper third world laborers—a continuation of the process that began with NAFTA in the mid-90s.

CAFTA/FTAA are agreements intended to benefit corporate traders at the expense of nations, their people and the environment. In Congress, a vote for any of these agreements is a vote to continue destroying our world through scorched-earth resource exploitation arrangements among the world’s most wealthy and powerful individuals.

Send the form letter against CAFTA to your senators and representatives. The letter can be found at

You can also call the office of your senator or rep by calling the Congressional switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

For more information on how to effectively oppose Codex, FTAA and CAFTA, contact International Advocates for Health Freedom at (800) 333-2553.

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