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Herbal Medicine and the FDA

On December 14-16, 1994, in Washington DC, there was a symposium on Botanical Medicine sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the office of Alternative Medicine (OAM), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of the meeting was to better define how herbs can be integrated into conventional healthcare.

Herbal Medicine and the FDA

On December 14-16, 1994, in Washington DC, there was a symposium on Botanical Medicine sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the office of Alternative Medicine (OAM), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of the meeting was to better define how herbs can be integrated into conventional healthcare.

Codex Alimentarius Commission - Global Plot to Suppress Herbs?

The future availability and legal status of herbs in the U.S. may be determined by the standards set by a 146 member nation committee called the Codex Alimentarius Commission operating in conjunction with the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO). According to critics, under the guise of protecting public safety by standardizing food and botanical codes, the Commission may be a tool of the international pharmaceutical industry that is intent on making herbs available by prescription only.

CODEX; Important News from Bonn

Report from Suzan Walter, president of American Holistic Health Association, on her attendance at the November 3-7, 2003, session of Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) in Bonn, Germany.

A decade of polarized debate quietly came to an end on November 3, 2003. A major decision impacting international trade of nutritional supplements was made to use upper safe limits as the maximum allowed levels for vitamin and mineral food supplements.

New Drug Ad Rules Coming Soon, FDA Chief Says

Fri December 12, 2003

By Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials in the coming weeks will unveil new formats for television commercials and magazine advertisements that drug makers use to promote their medicines to consumers, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan said on Friday.

In many cases the 30-second TV spots or magazine ads with tiny print do not leave people with a balanced picture of a drug's effectiveness as well as side-effect risks, McClellan said in an interview with Reuters.

Codex Committee Backs Science-Based Safety Standards for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

BONN, Germany, November 4, 2003 - The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), after two days of deliberations, affirmed the primacy of science-based standard-setting, striking down subjectively-applied recommended daily allowances (RDAs) and paving the way for the global sale and marketing of dietary supplements based on objective standards that will simultaneously preserve consumer safety and fair trade.

Codex 2003 - The EU tightens its grip

A report on the Codex discussions regarding the Proposed Draft Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements, prepared by Paul Anthony Taylor. Paul attended the Codex session as part of the National Health Federation delegation.

CODEX COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION AND FOODS FOR SPECIAL DIETARY USES
Twenty-fifth Session. Bruckenforum, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 November 2003.

Monday 3rd November 2003

South Africa breaks ranks at Codex Nutrition Committee

November 06, 2003

The discussions around a proposed guideline for food supplements by the Committee for Nutrition and special dietary foods of the international standard setting body called Codex Alimentarius, have taken a most interesting turn this year.

Population reference intakes (RDAs) were abandoned as a measure for determining upper level dosages of vitamins and minerals in supplements, substituted by scientific risk analysis as the method of choice for assuring protection of consumer health.

REARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS ON THE TITANIC

by Scott Tips

January 2004, Whole Foods Magazine

Some observant person once noted “Amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.”  Well, after attending the recent Codex Alimentarius committee meeting in Bonn, Germany last November, I could see that the professionals were at it again.  The beautiful Indian summer weather in Bonn must have lifted their spirits because the professionals spent an energetic week busily greasing the skids to launch their Titanic into the water.