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IAHF List: Have any friends who are network marketing distributors? Please forward this to them, especially if they work for USANA.

James Bramble, USANA's in house attorney is using the FDA as his source of information on Codex? (See the response he's making below my comments to USANA Distributors) Thats as mindless as a policeman contacting the mafia to ask if something is true or not. Bramble must be unfamiliar with how corrupt the FDA is and is totally failing to connect the dots on this issue. He is actually sending USANA distributors FDA's own spin on this issue taken directly off the FDA website.

He would have you believe its a "hoax". Well I have news for him, read the attached file, and understand the following:

Christine Lewis Taylor, PhD is "on loan" from FDA to the World Health Organization where she is in charge of the WHO "Nutrient Risk Assessment Project" which will have filled in the blanks on allowable potency levels for vitamins and minerals at Codex- which will push to RATIFY the global trade standard for vitamins and minerals between July 4-9 at the next general meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Rome, Italy which was driven to completion last November in Bonn.

I know Taylor personally. I know her from when I was on the US Codex Delegation to the Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses at meetings in Bonn Germany in '96, and in Berlin in '98. I was kicked off the US Delegation prior to the meeting in Berlin in 2000 due to my efforts as a whistleblower to put US Codex Delegate Beth Yetley of FDA under congressional scrutiny for crimes she committed at these meetings which I witnessed.

A Congressional Oversight hearing that I pushed for for 5 years was whitewashed on March 20, 2001. I wasn't allowed to testify, my witnesses weren't allowed to testify, the only person who was allowed to testify on this issue was a shill for an employee of Pfizer pharmaceutical company who still today is the chair of NNFA's International Committee- from which he is actively pulling the wool over the eyes of members of NNFA.

I just returned from Luxembourg where I was on assignment for Life Extension Magazine. I am sending you the article I just sent to them today for publication in their April issue, but it will appear a lot sooner than that on their website. The Life Extension Foundation http://www.lef.org is making a much bigger effort to keep abreast of this issue than USANA is, and so are people such as Jonathan Wright, MD who MCed the Emergency Meeting on Codex that was held on November 18th at the ACAM Alternative Medical Conference in San Diego. You can view the DVD of this Emergency Meeting at http://www.glycommunity.com/iahf I am ccing this to a couple of attorneys who can also assist James Bramble in getting around the learning curve on this issue: Ralph Fucetola III, JD http://www.vitaminlawyer.com and also Scott Tips, JD, Legal Director of The National Health Federation- please read this article of Scott Tips- http://ahha.org/codextips2004.htm

It sickens me the way so many network marketing companies are misleading their distributors on this issue. There is obviously a group culture inside network marketing in which it is seriously frowned on to disseminate any information that might "scare off" potential new distributors, even if the information is TRUE. In this case it sure IS true, and it also APPEARS to be the case that Mr.Bramble has failed to properly do his homework. My intent here is not to demean the man, but I do hope he calls me so I can help him see this issue much more clearly.

At 02:46 AM 2/5/05, you wrote:

----- Forwarded message from USANA Health Sciences ----
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 08:44:36 -0700 (MST)
From: USANA Health Sciences
Reply-To: USANA Health Sciences
Subject: Questions About Codex
To: susana@telusplanet.net

Questions About Codex

Dear Associates,
Recently, a few Distributors have expressed concern with the activities of the
Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) in drafting certain proposed guidelines
with respect to dietary supplements. Codex is a joint Food and Agricultural
Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Food Standards Program.
Codex consists of more than 150 member countries that work together to set and
harmonize international standards for food commodities and food products. Some
Distributors are worried that the Codex guidelines will somehow restrict their
ability to build a successful USANA business. Much of what you see on the
Internet amounts to scare tactics. Let me assure you there is no reason for
Many consumers and others are concerned about the activities of Codex with
respect to certain proposed standards for dietary supplements. You should know
that this is nothing new, as dietary supplement consumers have been asking
about "Codex" and this perceived "threat" to the vitamin and mineral industry
since 1995. It was in October of that year that the German delegation to Codex
proposed that the Committee consider developing guidelines for dietary
supplements. The proposed guidelines, among other things, recommended minimum
and maximum quantities of vitamins and minerals for dietary supplements,
established recommendations for acceptable and unacceptable ingredients, and
addressed certain labeling issues, including claims. The basic purpose of the
guidelines was and is to promote the establishment of uniform international
standards for dietary supplement safety and consumer protection, not to take
away the rights of consumers to purchase these products.

It is important to note that a final Codex standard is not legally binding on
any of Codex's members; rather, it is a model for possible adoption as national
legislation that is based on available scientific research and knowledge. No
country is obligated to enact a Codex standard as its national law. Some
concerns arise from, at least in part, a misunderstanding of the requirements
that a country is obligated to abide by as a signatory to certain international
trade agreements relating to these issues. This is not the truth. In fact, the
U.S. Government, including the FDA, has made it abundantly clear that NOTHING
in these international trade agreements or processes will restrict either the
sale of dietary supplements in the United States or the type of information
that manufacturers may provide to consumers about their products.
In fact, the FDA has stated that the agency’s general position with respect
to the United States’ participation in the development and use of any
international standards affecting dietary supplements is that any such
standards must: (1) ensure product safety, (2) be based on sound scientific and
technical information, and (3) NOT be in conflict with any statute, regulation,
or policy under which the FDA operates. This policy ensures that the U.S.
position is consistent with applicable U.S. laws. Moreover, it is important to
remember that the neither the U.S., Canada, Australia, nor any other nation, by
participating in the Codex process, surrenders to an international organization
its sovereignty with respect to consumer health and safety.
For more information on the FDA’s position and its policy regarding Codex,
you may visit the FDA’s web site at www.fda.gov or more specifically, you
can visit the following web site: http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/codex.html. You
can also read about the U.S. Codex Committee and its activities with respect to
Codex at www.fsis.usda.gov.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions or
concerns regarding this matter.

James Bramble
General Counsel
USANA Health Sciences