|ANH barristers (trial lawyers)|
Michael Patchett-Joyce and Paul Lasok, QC
On January 25, 2005, Paul Lasok, QC, one of the world’s leading experts on European Union (EU) law, presented the case for preserving consumers’ freedom of access to dietary supplements in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Lasok argued on behalf of the UK-based Alliance for Natural Health.
At issue is the draconian EU Food Supplement Directive’s so-called “positive list” of ingredients allowed in the manufacture of dietary supplements. Unless the court issues a favorable verdict in June, the ban posed by the positive list would eliminate 75% of the forms of vitamins and minerals currently used in the EU market.
This ban should be of grave concern to Americans. The United Nations’ Codex Alimentarius Commission, assisted by the US FDA, views the EU Food Supplement Directive as a template for developing a global trade standard for dietary supplements. The FDA is preparing the US for “harmonization” of its dietary supplement laws to an absurdly restrictive international standard—aided and abetted by drug company-dominated vitamin trade associations worldwide.
The offices of US Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), the US Trade Representative’s Office, and especially the US Codex Office (led by Dr. Ed Scarbrough at the USDA) have been misleading the public on the Codex issue for years. In 1996, the Life Extension Foundation was the first to call global attention to this looming threat to health freedom. International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF) was created to raise awareness of the issue, and more information on our recent emergency meeting is available at www.glycommunity.com/iahf.
—John C. Hammell, President, IAHF
To defend your access to dietary supplements, access updates via the websites of IAHF (www.iahf.com), Life Extension (www.lef.org), and the Alliance for Natural Health (www.alliance-natural-health.org). You can make an emergency donation to IAHF at 556 Boundary Bay Rd., Point Roberts, WA 98281 USA or via PayPal® at www.iahf.com. Your contribution will fund efforts to counter misleading propaganda from drug company-dominated vitamin trade associations.