German Control Of Nutrition
German control of nutrition at Codex
Germany has chaired the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) since it was established back in 1966. Whether it’s been under the authority of current chair Dr Pia Noble, of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) or, prior to 2010, Professor Dr. Großklaus, Director of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the German stamp has always been clearly evident on the Committee’s deliberations. It’s hard to deny that the decimation of the world’s food supply, to the point that it is largely sterile and littered with pesticide residues and food additives, hasn’t occurred under the watchful eye of a German-run CCNFSDU. Over its 45 years of operation, the CCNFSDU’s form of German authoritarianism has oozed throughout the world’s food trade. And none of it with the approval of the German people, who have been left out of the debate, and have long demonstrated their desire for natural, unadulterated foodstuffs — along with a diverse supply of natural products with which to manage their health.
Germany wants to strangle its own natural products trade
If the German people don’t act quick, it’ll all be over. In our wake up call to German natural health advocates — which is also aimed at those outside Germany who can help raise the alarm within Germany — we highlight worrying developments in German national food laws. The proposed changes that could come into effect in 2013 could have the potential to make what the European Commission has been doing over the last 10 years look like a lesson on trade liberalisation!
EFSA’s myopia on health claims – vision test urgently needed!
Again, with more than a little steer from German authorities and scientists, hundreds of health claims will need to be pulled off food and supplement packaging by 14th December. The profound influence of Prof Hildegard Przyrembel in risk assessment, or Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, president of the BfR and head of the German government contact point with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), cannot be denied. Nor can the role of Dr Juliane Kleiner, head of EFSA’s nutrition unit. These and other German specialists have heavily shaped the defective methodologies deployed by the EFSA. This week, we take a look at why EFSA has been derelict in its duties when evaluating health claims. It hasn’t looked at the totality of scientific data as it was meant to, and, by following EFSA’s opinions and authorising and banning claims according to these opinions, the European Commission is almost certainly in violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. As Adam Smith explains, a systems biology approach is one of the few approaches that makes sense if you’re going to try to evaluate which foods and food constituents should be eaten if you want something other than just calories.
EMF cover-up of German research
And do you remember suggestions that neonicotinoid pesticides may be interfering with bee behaviour and triggering colony collapse disorder? Ironically, it was German scientists that first uncovered a possible link between artificially produced forms of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from wireless devices, computers, cordless phones and other modern communication technologies, and the pitiful demise of our furry friends. Check out our story on EMFs and bees that suggests a disturbing cover-up.
The people of Germany have now struggled for 10 years to read our eAlerts in the English language. Despite this, after our UK and US audiences, website hits from Germany have nearly always been in third spot. This edition of our eAlert is more relevant to Germany than any before — and it calls on everyone who reads it to do what they can to alert friends and contacts in Germany.
Having got back from Hamburg last week, I’ll be back in Germany again the week after next to discuss health claims at the Health Ingredients Europe conference in Frankfurt. Ignore what’s happening in Germany at your peril.
In health, naturally,
Robert Verkerk PhD
Founder, executive and scientific director