Alarming draconian legislation regarding the FDA's ability to regulate basic vitamins, nutritional supplements and even juices as a "drug" is being snuck in as a rider to an unrelated bill in the Congress [under Docket Number 2006D-0480 ].
The window for public commentary [COMMENT HERE A.S.A.P.] and opposition expires April 30, 2007, leaving almost no time to inform the populace or debate the seemingly absurd treatment of public health-- which hands over a monopoly to the big-pharma industrial complex and criminalizes natural treatments of all kinds.
Here's the summation from Mike Adams of News Target: When it comes to health freedom, this is the FDA's end game. A new FDA "guidance" document, published on the FDA's website, reveals plans to reclassify virtually all vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs. Massage oils and massage rocks will be classified as "medical devices" and require FDA approval. The document is called Docket No. 2006D-0480. Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine [CAM] Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. And now, with this CAM Products Regulation effort, the FDA is about to deal a final, fatal blow to the alternative medicine industry, outlawing nutritional supplements, functional foods, homeopathy and natural therapies all at once.
The legislation is largely a "harmonization" with the World Health Organization's CODEX Alimentarius, which on the surface establishes standardized food guidelines to ensure. Docket Number 2006D-0480 would forced into effect by December 31, 2009 all types of frightful practices in the name of food sanitation and reliable food supply: 1. Codex Alimentarius requires that all meats, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables must be irradiated by Dec. 31, 2009. 2. Codex Alimentarius requires that all dairy cattle are to be given Monsanto bovine growth hormone by Dec. 31, 2009. 3. Codex Alimentarius reclassifies vitamin and mineral supplements as toxins and dramatically limits their dosage and availability. 4. Many nations have already harmonized their laws with Codex Alimentarius making it their de facto law. This has already been approved by the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and others. 5. Codex Alimentarius allows significant trade sanctions to be levied against noncompliant nations. 6. In 2005 there were five bills submitted to congress to weaken or eliminate DSHEA.
Simular regulation was attempted in 1992, but rejected after public outcry turned the tide. Hopefully a halting response will surface in enough time to stop this new attempt to restrict even basic rights to natural products.