Its Time These Vested Interests See That It Isn’t Wise To Wake Up A Bear

Anthony Rees : PHARMAPACT

16th June 1998

Some of you by now must be wondering if there is any sense that can be made out of the MCC’s past illogical behaviour of confiscating herbs and vitamins, saying they were illegal medicines. An understanding of the Codex connection will suddenly make things quite clear.

No, Codex is not a new type of toilet roll (Even though all the sh1t sticks to it) . Codex is officially known as the United Nations / World Health Organization (WHO) Codex Alimentarious (Nutrition Code) Commission. It meets every 2 years, and is considered by many legal experts to be the greatest threat to health freedom in the world today. You will not find much in the mainstream media on Codex, a bureaucratic group that would prefer to remain anonymous.

Codex is empowered by governments to set standards of operation for the food industry. South Africa is a full CODEX member. Over 90% of the international organizations “allowed” to send delegates to the meetings represent giant multinational pharmaceutical corporations. The only “consumer” organization is the “International Organization of Consumer Unions”. Neither the natural health care industry nor the general public has any representation at Codex meetings, yet both are targeted.

In October, 1996, Codex met in Bonn, Germany to make radical changes in the rules governing dietary supplements for member nations. The proposals of greatest concern were those made by the German delegation (“Proposed Draft Guidelines for Dietary Supplements”) and is being sponsored by Hoechst, Bayer and BASF. These are the three drug companies formed when the Nurenberg War Trials disbanded IG Farben, manufacturer of the poison gas used in Nazi concentration camps. Although IG Farben may have been disbanded, none of its directors were ever penalized for their actions during the war. They simply divided what remained from the company and split into three separate entities.

The three Nazi-connected German drug companies have as their main purpose to “….create a set of international standards to guide the world’s growing food industry and to protect the health of consumers.” If you really believe that, I have some ocean front property for you at half price in Camps Bay. The drug company backed proposals call for the following:

No vitamin, mineral, herb, etc., can be sold for prophylactic (preventative) or therapeutic reasons.

Natural remedies can be sold as food but they must not exceed the potency (dosage) levels set by the commission. This means that consumer access to dietary supplements will be limited to the RDA dosage as a maximum limit for vitamins (vitamin C – 60 mg, vitamin E – 15 mg, etc.). Supplements without an RDA (e.g. coenzyme Q10) would be illegal to sell because they would all become drugs.

Codex regulations for dietary supplements would become binding, eliminating the escape clause within the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that allows a nation to set its own standards. This applies to all member countries of the U.N. Any nation that does not accept and apply these new standards will be heavily fined by the World Trade Organization (WTO) creating the potential of crippling entire sectors of that nation’s economy.

>All new supplements would be banned unless they go through the Codex approval process.

Five steps have already been taken in the Codex process over the past few years. We urge you to look at documentation which was leaked to PHARMAPACT , exposing the HPA/MCC plans to control natural health substances to the ninth degree. Prof. Folb has until May been chairman of the Medicines Control Council, and incidentally the Director for the World health Organization’s Collaborating Centre For Drug Policy. If you look at the CODEX proposals and look carefully at the HPA/MCC proposed laws, there is an uncanny similarity throughout. Folb is unbelievably on media record as having denied any knowledge of Codex.

The Codex proposals already exist as law in Norway and Germany where the entire health industry has literally been taken over by the drug companies. In these countries, vitamin C above 200 mg is illegal as is vitamin E above 45 IU, Vitamin B1 over 2.4 mg and so on. Shering-Plough, the Norwegian pharmaceutical giant, now controls an echinacea tincture which is being sold there as an OTC drug at grossly inflated prices.

The same is true of Ginkgo biloba and many other herbs and only one government controlled pharmacy has the right to import supplements as medicines which they can sell to health stores, convenience stores, or pharmacies. We cannot let this happen here !! We are a poor nation, and such a move will certainly be disastrous to the majority of the population who can presently just afford the natural health substances they need. Such a move will kill the Natural Health Care Industry, cripple the Medical Aid Companies, and add to the further degradation of South Africa’s health. THIS PROPOSAL IS INSANE !!


Why are the MCC and the HPA denying that the Codex proposals will have no impact on the availability of nutritional supplements in South Africa, considering the above facts ?

Most members of the CMC and the HPA are owned by or are subsidiaries of major drug manufacturers or pharmaceutical chains which stand to gain the most out of these regulations, as it will destroy many smaller companies in indirect competition to them.

Neither group can be trusted to give the public straight answers about the Codex scam when, in fact, they are a part of the group trying to support CODEX. It is now known that there will be three members of the HPA at the next CODEX meeting in September, namely, Allan Tomlinson (Sportron), Allison Veinings (MCC Consultants) , and Peter Kreft (Bioforce SA)

We must be equally vigilant of those people who claim to be fighting for health freedom, such as certain members of the Cape Lobby for Health Freedom, and the Gauteng based Consumenrs For Health. We now know that some of their key members are fraternizing with the HPA/MCC by accepting nomination to their executive committee, and there are those who are having meetings with the companies who are behind the listings proposal initiative.

These people have a clear conflict of interest since they believe they stand to gain financially when the supplement prices are boosted out the roof, however, we know these people are being set up, because they will not be able to meet the stringent requirements of GMP that will be imposed.

We are of the opinion that these people have become traitors to the cause of true health freedom because they feel that if they play the game, they will be rewarded. WHAT BULLSH1T. This will never happen. It seems more like a plot to devide the health freedom fighters and to create instability and confusion, more like a damage control tactic. We must beware of these “astro-turfers”

It seems very suspicious when questioning these individuals why they still continue to be members of the HPA, they say ” We have to create change from the inside” I now ask them, ” What change/s have they ever brought about over the last two years, until this critical time, while playing as double agents. ”

It should be noted that the HPA was formerly a Natural Health Manufacturer’s Association. Have you noticed the multi-national drug companies and other pharmaceutical companies, who now are members of the HPA. See for yourself…

  • Ban Nordens
  • Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals
  • Bio-Control (Vesta Medicines)
  • Bioforce SA Pty (Ltd)
  • >Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Chempure
  • Degussa SA
  • Hersol Laboratories
  • Link Own Brand
  • Medicines Control Consultants
  • Medical Supplies International
  • Merk Pty Ltd.
  • Noristan Limited
  • Pharma Natura
  • Pharmamark
  • R.P Scherer
  • Roche Consumer Health
  • Whitehall SA

The MCC claim that the industry want the listing system. Is it any wonder why?

Further evidence of South Africa’s involvement with Codex is the MCC’s position on what is or is not a food or a drug. For example, garlic, ginger, licorice and peppermint are considered to be foods when sold as spices. If a grocery store manager makes claims for their therapeutic effects, they then become drugs via a hocus pocus mechanism which still remains to be defined by the Illegal Listing System.

If Codex, the MCC and HPA have their way, your favorite supplements will be replaced by expensive, patented, over-the-counter or prescription drugs.

Just look what has already happened to amino acids like tryptophan. Once available for under R60.00 for a bottle of 100 tablets of 500 mgs. at your local health store, the same tablet is now only available by prescription at a cost of over R300.00 at your pharmacy. On top of that, in order to get a prescription for tryptophan, you will have to convince your doctor to prescribe this substance. This is easier said than done simply because most medical doctors have no clue what tryptophan does or believe it to be toxic.


For more information, documentation and a plan of action that you can take to fight the MCC/HPA/Codex Connection, contact: