PRESS RELEASE: National Health Federation
November 12, 2007
The U.S.-based National Health Federation (NHF), the worlds longest-standing international health-freedom organization, is today beginning a week of meetings at the 29th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. Expected to be attended by over 300 delegates, observers and advisors, representing about 70 member countries and over 30 international organizations, the Committee, sponsored by the Food & Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization, is the worlds highest international body setting global standards and guidelines on nutrition
With consumer members all over the world, and a Board of Governors and Advisory Board containing representatives from six countries, the NHF is unique as being the only consumer health-freedom organization in the world to enjoy official observer delegate status at Codex. The NHF therefore has the opportunity to make representations on behalf of natural health interests all over the world, which are presently being threatened by over-regulation stimulated by spurious science, misinformed media attacks and corporate pressure from large food and pharmaceutical concerns.
Making up the three-person NHF delegation at this years meeting is Scott Tips, NHFs President and Legal Counsel, Dr. Robert Verkerk, Scientific Advisor to the NHF and also Executive and Scientific Director of the Alliance for Natural Health, and Paul Anthony Taylor, the NHFs Chairman and also External Relations Director for the Dr. Rath Foundation.
Since Codex sets international principles, guidelines, and standards for all types of foods, said Scott Tips, it is essential that the voice of vitamin consumers be heard adequatelyand this has been our key focus at Codex ever since weve been involved. We are here to make a difference at these meetings and we can already see from our attendance at todays Electronic Working Group meeting on risk assessment that a number of delegations are receptive to our ideas.
Addressing some serious scientific concerns, Dr. Robert VerkerkIn todays meeting, we have managed to make a strong case that risk-assessment approaches presently being used in Europewhich are being pushed as global guidelines to be adopted through Codexneed to be urgently amended if they are not to prevent millions of people in both the less-developed and developed world from obtaining health-promoting levels of nutrients in foods and food supplements. added,
In an unfortunate development late last night, Dr. Rima Laibow of the U.S.-based Natural Solutions Foundation, issued an unprovoked attack on the NHF delegation through her daily email blog. The attack appeared to stem from Dr. Laibows frustration at not being able to make any comment during Codex meetings owing to the refusal of the Natural Solution Foundations application for Codex observer status in July 2006 (see further discussion in Editors Notes below).
- Codex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU):
one of 27 committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, established in
1962 under the auspices of the Food & Agricultural Organization and
World Health Organization of the United Nations.
- National Health Federation: established in 1955, the National Health
Federation is a consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to
protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take
supplements and use alternative therapies without unnecessary government
restrictions. The NHF is the only such organization with recognized observer
delegate status at Codex meetings.
- Natural Solutions Foundation blog, issued November 11, 2007, http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php/?p=442
Dr. Laibows vehicle, the NSF, was founded in 2004 and applied for Codex observer status in March 2006 (see full application on ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/ccexec58/ex58_04e.pdf, p. 6). The application was refused by the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in mid-2006 (www.codexalimentarius.net/download/report/661/al2903Ae.pdf, p. 14, item 109), as confirmed by the 30th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in July 2007 (ftp://ftp.fao.org/Codex/CAC/CAC30/if30_02e.pdf).
The main attack in Dr. Laibows blog against the NHF, which is clearly identified yet unnamed, seems to surround the NHF delegations numerous vocal interventions during yesterdays meeting of the Electronic Working Group on risk assessment. The NHFs ability to make interventions during Codex meetings is a function of its observer status, which it was granted in 2002.
However, it is clear from the NSFs application for Codex observer status, that the NSF was itself planning to make interventions had it been successful in its application. An extract from its application reads as follows: The Natural Solutions Foundation anticipates making salient contributions to the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme by submitting commentary and suggestions to this body on issues which touch on consumer well being, crafted by affiliated attorneys at law and physicians.
(Source: ftp://ftp.fao.org/codex/ccexec58/ex58_04e.pdf) Could your attack on the NHF be a case of sour grapes, Dr. Laibow ?
The NHFs many interventions during the Electronic Working Group meeting contrasted with Dr. Laibows enforced silence. Each one of the NHFs interventions was carefully considered and was made solely in a bid to help protect the future of natural healthcare and benefit vitamin consumers around the world.
Dr. Rima Laibow, in her typical fashion, has hit out at the only team in Codex that is actively working in the interests of vitamin consumers, andonce againDr. Laibow has deeply misunderstood both what the NHF delegation is doing at Codex and what she has the capacity to achieve on the outside, given her unsuccessful application for observer status.
A more comprehensive discussion of the misstatements, deliberate or otherwise, made by Dr. Laibow will be issued on our website shortly. In the meantime, the NHF delegation has real work to do protecting your health freedoms through its participation as an INGO in the current session of this Codex committee meeting.