Sunday, July 10, 2005


Act Today to keep access to dietary supplements: NO to CAFTA
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We must ACT NOW to defend our access to dietary supplements.
CAFTA Section 6 requires the United States, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to revise our food laws and regulations, based on decisions made by the Codex Alimentarius (International Food Code) Commission, or Codex.

This means that no supplements other than the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) (e.g. 60 mg for Vitamin C) will be available without a doctor's prescription. For more info go to:

ACTION STEP 1: Send form letters at and

ACTION STEP 2: EMAIL Your Representative this:"I'm a dietary supplement consumer, and I am very concerned about language buried inside of CAFTA and FTAA which broadens and deepens the scope of the WTO's SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) Agreement.
Article 3 of the SPS in the WTO Agreement reads "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."

This threatens to force harmonization of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to mindlessly restrictive UN Codex standards which would block my access to vitamins and minerals within the therapeutic range, for starters, then other dietary supplements as Codex expands."

ACTION STEP 3: Call your Representative on July 11.

HERE is a phone script to use when calling thru the Capital Switchboard at 202-225-3121 If you're not sure of your representative's names, just give the switchboard operator your zipcode and they'll know and connect you."I urge you to Vote No to the CAFTA agreement, because in Section 6 it requires the United States, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to revise our food laws and regulations, based on decisions made by the Codex Alimentarius (International Food Code) Commission, or Codex.This clause will devastate our current laws concerning access to vitamins, supplements and to health freedom and, as a result, destroy thousands of small businesses, home businesses and health practitioners. "

MORE INFOThe WTO can and has sanctioned nations for not following Codex guidelines. WTO tribunals have ruled against the USA in 42 out of 48 cases. Many of these have been very costly to our economy.Passage of CAFTA would force the "harmonization" of our dietary supplement laws and regulations to international standards, as established by the supranational Codex Commission. Doing so would drastically infringe on the quality of dietary supplements and access to supplements that people like me are used to.The passage of CAFTA could effectively override the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. CAFTA would restrict our health freedom of choice, destroy thousands of small businesses in the health foods and dietary supplement fields, and negatively impact health care practitioners and the 150 million regular consumers of dietary supplements like myself.

Any arrangement that leads to the banning of thousands of safe products cannot remotely be described as "free trade". There are better ways to promote regional trade. If this cannot be done without threatening my basic right to have access to nutritional choices then we should scrap CAFTA and start over.

Since 70 percent of the US population use dietary supplements, and 40 percent use them on a regular basis, this is a significant constituency, which should not be underestimated.

The Senate has already passed it, but the Washington Post has stated that this battle could be decided in the House by as close a margin as ONE SINGLE VOTE, so our voice ACTUALLY MATTERS!


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