The committee charged with completing this task is the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), chaired by Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, until recently. In 2005, and in the face of much opposition from the informed pro-supplement and natural health community, the CCNFSDU approved The Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements, the set of rules by which vitamin and mineral supplements may very well be removed from the market.
The Natural Health Federation (NHF) and the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) have traditionally been the most vocal opponents of Codex’s attempts. However, it appears that these organizations, as well as the many others that oppose Codex such as the Natural Solutions Foundation (NSF), are fighting a losing battle. While these groups and individuals spend countless amounts of money and energy fighting this global tyranny, their efforts amount to little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic. At this point, their work focuses on lessening the blow from the Codex guidelines.
Upper safe levels of vitamins and minerals [should be] established by scientific risk assessment based on generally accepted scientific data, taking into consideration, as appropriate, the varying degrees of sensitivity of different consumer groups.
Regardless, this is the position of Codex, as well as the position of the U.S. Delegation throughout the discussion. Indeed, even many alleged “health freedom” International Non-Governmental Organizations were either gullible enough to be taken in by the promise of the benefits of risk assessment, or morally bankrupt enough to be bought off by the pharmaceutical industry or others who might benefit from the demise of the natural supplement industry. Yet, some of the support for risk assessment methods early on seems to have been based on the fear of the implementation of maximum limits proposed by European countries like France. These limits would have reduced the potency level of each pill to no more than 15% Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), a figure that is already set much too low. Yet those who favored risk assessment seemed to jump from the frying pan into the fire. As Scott Tips of the Natural Health
The so-called 'science-based risk assessment' for establishing Safe Upper Limits (maximum levels) for vitamin-and-mineral potencies, to which the EU has agreed, and about which the Americans are as happy as flies on cow dung, is nothing but a trap. The Americans think that they will be able to get real science to establish high maximum levels for their vitamins and minerals and then sell them to European consumers by the bushels. But by the time the Europeans get through applying their science, those maximum limits will be so low toddlers would be lucky to get any nutritional value out of Codex-harmonized vitamins and minerals. The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Food has already started using its science-based risk assessment to establish laughably low maximum limits for European vitamins. And, lately, I have begun to see a growing concern, if not outright fear, in the faces of some science-based risk-assessment proponents that perhaps things might not go their way here after all.
In general, those individuals who rely on these organizations for their knowledge of the legal and political workings of the industry take these reports as truth, trusting them as “credible” sources. It should also be noted that it is widely known that members of various natural health/supplement trade organizations are increasingly being purchased by the pharmaceutical industry themselves. Once this is acknowledged, one can understand more fully how disinformation spreads around the supplement community and encourages apathy and a false sense of security among the populace.
Maximum Upper Limits on vitamins will be set for the few temporarily remaining nutrients as well as the complete removal of others from multi-vitamin supplements. The ramifications for human health and national sovereignty will therefore be extremely destructive. As always, this global domination and subversion of national sovereignty will be done in the name of trade, and the true aims of the perpetrators will be cloaked in flowery language, wordplay, and semantics. It will also be done right under our noses.