Codex Alimentarius and the Food Safety Act

Posted on April 8, 2010. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , |

I recently made comments regarding the First Lady’s campaign to “combat childhood obesity” and find it objectionable the roll of our federal government is to dictate our eating habits. It is my firm belief government has no business telling us what we can eat, drink, smoke, etc.. That crosses a line. Should they want to make nutritional information available to citizens, that seems fine, but to attempt to controll by inducement or other methods is Orwellian to me. Turns out it is a worldwide campaign launched by the UN. That makes it even more objectionable to me. As well, I point out here a campaign against our government’s newest attack on our diet, the food safety act.

I have posted on Codex Alimentarius before. A loyal reader of this column sent me this today:

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS-2010-0009] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling

 
AGENCY: Office of Food Safety, USDA. 

 

 

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. 

SUMMARY: The Office of Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 7, 2010. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 38th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Quebec City, Canada, May 3-7, 2010. The Office of Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 38th Session of the CCFL and to address items on the agenda.

 

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2010, from 2 to 5 p.m.

 

ADDRESSES:
 
The public meeting will be held at the USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 107-A, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 38th Session of the CCFL will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp

The U.S. Delegate to the 38th Session of the CCFL, Barbara Schneeman, and the FDA invite interested U.S. parties to submit their comments electronically to the following e-mail address: Ritu.Nalubola@fda.hhs.gov .
 
Registration:
 
If you would like to participate in the public meeting by telephone conference, please use the following call-in number and passcode: Call-in Number: 1-866-692-3158. Passcode: 5986642.
 
For Further Information About the 38th Session of the CCFL Contact:Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Room 4861, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, E-mail: Doreen.Chen-Moulec@fsis.usda.gov .

 

 
For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact:Doreen Chen-Moulec, U.S. Codex Office, FSIS, Room 4861, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, E-mail: Doreen.Chen-Moulec@fsis.usda.gov .
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Background
 
Codex was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice, and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in trade. 

The CCFL is responsible for drafting provisions on labeling applicable to all foods; considering, amending if necessary, and endorsing draft specific provisions on labeling of draft standards, codes of practice and guidelines prepared by other Codex Committees; studying specific labeling problems assigned to it by the Codex Commission; and studying problems associated with the advertisement of food with particular reference to claims and misleading descriptions.
 
The Committee is chaired by Canada.
Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting
 
The following items on the agenda for the 38th Session of the CCFL will be discussed during the public meeting: 

• Matters Referred to the Committee by other Codex Bodies
 
• Consideration of Labeling Provisions in Draft Codex Standards
 
• Implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health
 
(a) Proposed Draft Revision of the Guidelines on Nutrition Labeling Concerning the List of Nutrients that are always Declared on a Voluntary or Mandatory Basis
 
(b) Discussion Paper on Issues Related to Mandatory Nutrition Labeling
 
(c) Proposed Draft Criteria and Principles for Legibility and Readability of Nutrition Labels
 
(d) Discussion Paper on Labeling Provisions Dealing with the Food Ingredients Identified in the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health
 
• Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods:
 
Annex 1: Inclusion of Ethylene for Other Products
 
• Labeling of Foods and Food Ingredients Obtained through Certain Techniques of Genetic Modification/Genetic Engineering
 
(a) Draft Amendment to the General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods: Definitions
 
• Discussion Paper on the Need to Amend the General Standard for the Labeling of Prepackaged Foods in line with the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) Recommendations Regarding the Declaration of the Quantity of Product in Prepackages.
 
Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Codex Secretariat prior to the CCFL meeting. Members of the public may access these documents on the World Wide Web (seeADDRESSES).
Public Meeting
 
At the April 7, 2010, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the agenda items will be described and discussed and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S. Delegate, Barbara Schneeman (SeeADDRESSES), for the 38th Session of the CCFL. Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 38th Session of the CCFL.

 

Additional Public Notification
 
Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations__Policies/2010_Notices_Index/index.asp. FSIS will also make copies of thisFederal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations,Federal Registernotices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader and more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic mail subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available athttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/.Options range from recalls to export information, to regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts.

 

Done in Washington, DC, March 17, 2010. Karen Stuck,

U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. 2010-6559 Filed 3-24-10; 8:45 am] 

Forthcoming Meetings per codexalimentarius.net :

   
REFERENCE
TITLE
DATE
PLACE
CX-716-26
Codex Committee on General Principles
26 Session
From: 12/04/2010
To: 16/04/2010
Paris
(France)
Link to Agenda
CX-718-42
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
42 Session
From: 19/04/2010
To: 24/04/2010
Xian
(China)
Link to Agenda
CX-735-04
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
4 Session
From: 26/04/2010
To: 30/04/2010
Izmir
(Turkey)
Link to Agenda
CX-714-38
Codex Committee on Food Labelling
38 Session
From: 03/05/2010
To: 07/05/2010
Quebec City
(Canada)
Link to Agenda
CX-702-64
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
64 Session
From: 29/06/2010
To: 02/07/2010
Geneva
(Switzerland)
Link to Agenda
Link to Arabic Agenda 
CX-701-33
Codex Alimentarius Commission
33 Session
From: 05/07/2010
To: 09/07/2010
Geneva
(Switzerland)
Link to Agenda
Link to Arabic Agenda 
Link to Chinese Agenda 
CX-730-19
Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods
19 Session
From: 30/08/2010
To: 03/09/2010
TBA
(United States of America)
CX-732-11
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for North America and South West Pacific
11 Session
From: 28/09/2010
To: 01/10/2010
Nuku’alofa
(Tonga)
CX-706-27
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Europe
27 Session
From: 05/10/2010
To: 08/10/2010
TBA
(Poland)
CX-804-04
Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
4 Session
From: 18/10/2010
To: 22/10/2010
TBA
(Republic of Korea)
CX-713-25
Codex Committee on Processed Fruits and Vegetables
25 Session
From: 25/10/2010
To: 29/10/2010
Bali
(Indonesia)
CX-720-32
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
32 Session
From: 01/11/2010
To: 05/11/2010
Santiago
(Chile)
CX-725-17
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean
17 Session
From: 08/11/2010
To: 12/11/2010
Acapulco
(Mexico)
CX-727-17
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia
17 Session
From: 22/11/2010
To: 26/11/2010
TBA
(Indonesia)
CX-712-42
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
42 Session
From: 29/11/2010
To: 03/12/2010
TBA
(Uganda)
CX-734-06
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Near East
6 Session
From: 25/01/2011
To: 29/01/2011
Tunis
(Tunisia)
CX-707-19
FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa
19 Session
From: 01/02/2011
To: 04/02/2011
Accra
(Ghana)
CX-709-22
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
22 Session
From: 21/02/2011
To: 25/02/2011
TBA
(Malaysia)
CX-715-32
Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
32 Session
From: 07/03/2011
To: 11/03/2011
Budapest
(Hungary)
CX-711-43
Codex Committee on Food Additives
43 Session
From: 14/03/2011
To: 18/03/2011
TBA
(China)
CX-735-05
Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
5 Session
From: 24/03/2011
To: 28/03/2011
TBA
(Netherlands)
CX-716-27
Codex Committee on General Principles
27 Session
From: 04/04/2011
To: 08/04/2011
TBA
(Mali)
CX-722-31
Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products
31 Session
From: 11/04/2011
To: 15/04/2011
Tromso
(Norway)
CX-718-43
Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
43 Session
From: 18/04/2011
To: 23/04/2011
TBA
(China)
CX-731-16
Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
16 Session
From: 02/05/2011
To: 06/05/2011
TBA
(Mexico)
CX-714-39
Codex Committee on Food Labelling
39 Session
From: 09/05/2011
To: 13/05/2011
TBA
(Canada)
CX-702-66
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
66 Session
From: 28/06/2011
To: 01/07/2011
Geneva
(Switzerland)
CX-701-34
Codex Alimentarius Commission
34 Session
From: 04/07/2011
To: 08/07/2011
Geneva
(Switzerland)
CX-733-19
Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems
19 Session
From: 17/10/2011
To: 21/10/2011
TBA
(Australia)
CX-720-33
Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
33 Session
From: 14/11/2011
To: 18/11/2011
TBA
(Germany)
CX-712-43
Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
43 Session
From: 21/11/2011
To: 25/11/2011
TBA
(United States of America)
CX-702-67
Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
67 Session
From: 07/12/2011
To: 09/12/2011
Rome
(Italy)

 

I received this in my email today. Trickery from the right this time (well only if you call McCain right):

Do you remember John McCain’s bill that would have controlled your use of vitamins?

That bill appears to be dead, but it’s provisions may rise from the grave.

It seems that McCain only agreed to abandon his legislation if key provisions were included in the so-called Food Safety bill.

The Food Safety bill was already bad, but it may now get worse.

Please send Congress a letter opposing both the so-called Food Safety bill, and John McCain’s provisions to control your use of vitamins.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

I’m angered that portions of John McCain’s dietary supplement legislation may be inserted in S.510, the Senate’s Food Safety bill. McCain’s draconian bill would have damaged an entire industry, and punished the 150 million Americans who take supplements, just to benefit a few pro athletes!

Overwhelming public pressure forced McCain to abandon this effort. Do you think we now want its key provisions included in another bill?

THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ASKED FOR!

We do not want one bill to die, just to see parts of it resurrected in another bill. I demand you oppose the insertion of dietary supplement regulation into the so-called Food Safety bill.

* There is no evidence that nutritional supplements are unsafe
* The FDA already has authority to control any substance containing anabolic steroids
* Products are already required to list all of their ingredients, so mislabeling is fraudulent and already illegal

Please kill the McCain vitamin control provisions, and vote against the so-called Food Safety bill too. As this op-ed in the Billings Gazette shows . . . http://tinyurl.com/ydy9zwd

* regulations that may be reasonable for large industrial processors are excessive for small growers who sell locally
* the fees and compliance costs imposed on small, local growers will run many of them out of business

Also, the bill is unnecessary. Each state has an economic interest to make sure the food it grows has a reputation for being safe. Just a few examples . . .

* Montana has licensing requirements and health standards that small producers and processors must meet to do business http://tinyurl.com/ydy9zwd
* Georgia, where the peanut salmonella scandal originated, toughened its food safety laws shortly after the outbreak
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/sb80.htm
* and in Florida, where tomato growers were hurt by false rumors two years ago, a tomato safety bill is expected to become law shortly 
http://tinyurl.com/ydp2hn6  

Finally, I notice that the House didn’t pass a Food Safety bill until July. The Senate put it on the back-burner until this Spring. This tells me that not even Congress believes federal legislation is really needed to protect us from food-borne illnesses. If a bill really was urgently needed, you would have passed it a year ago.

All of this makes me think that what politicians really care about is power and control, not health and safety.

  

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

We also invite you to become a fan of our Facebook page and tell your friends about us: http://www.facebook.com/downsizedc 

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DownsizeDC.org

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3 Responses to “Codex Alimentarius and the Food Safety Act”

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Stalin and Mao used food to kill their people, and now the Elite, the United Nations, and our U.S. government are going to follow in their footsteps with the mass murder of us, using our food against us.

Codex’s main mission is to label nutrients as poisons and poisons as nutrients.

Take a stand against this bullshit, America!

Henry Kissinger said, “When you control the food, you control the people.” That says it all.

Thanks for great information. I am Marine Corp vet, father of eight and small business man. I am running as conservative for a NC general assembly seat (Rep in Dist 50). My district is (like most of NC) agricultural. We have working family farms that supply produce, eggs, meat. This Act would destroy my already economically impoverished community. Gone will be the farmers’ markets. And dont even get me started on why I can purchased un-pasterized milk in VA and SC but not NC!


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