January 17, 2001
Thank you for contacting me in opposition to the implementation of the CODEX Alimentarius in the United States. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
As you may know, the CODEX Alimentarius is a nutritional code established by an international forum, including the United States, under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This forum was organized to discuss and reach agreement on methods and approaches which work to ensure a continuous process of harmonizing U.S. regulation of drugs, biological products, devices, foods, and food and color additives for trading purposes.
I recognize the role of dietary supplements and the freedom of Americans to use them. I also understand your concern over the long-term impact of the CODEX Alimentarius on the accessibility of natural, cost-effective nutritional supplements, as well as on the costs of drugs available only with a prescription. You may be certain that I will keep in mind the views of all concerned Americans as legislation addressing the implementation of the CODEX Alimentarius in the U.S. is debated by Congress in the future.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
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