WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2005) – In the wake of the widely circulated misinformation regarding Codex Alimentarius and its effect on the U.S. dietary supplement industry, NNFA has launched a new online “Codex Alimentarius Resource Center.” The purpose of the center, which will be regularly updated, is to provide members and others with accurate information that dispels the increasing number of erroneous reports stating that sales of dietary supplements in the United States will be halted this summer as a result of international decisions.
“Protecting our members’ rights to sell dietary supplements goes hand-in-hand with ensuring they receive accurate information about government policies that affect their businesses,” said David Seckman, NNFA’s executive director and CEO. “Although we have regularly communicated the facts to our members about Codex and other international activities, with all the misinformation that has been circulating, we think it will be helpful to have accurate information collected in one convenient place.”
Seckman added that if DSHEA – the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 – were to actually be imperiled, whether from an international or domestic threat, it would be NNFA’s first priority to take any necessary steps to ensure the law is preserved.
The resource center can be accessed from NNFA’s Web site at www.nnfa.org or directly at www.nnfa.org/codex/. The site features an overview of the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s activities, NNFA’s official position, fact sheet, FAQs, and articles on Codex. Visitors to the center can also access official Codex Web sites of various U.S. government agencies as well as resources about the European Union’s Food Supplement Directive, an international regulation often incorrectly associated with Codex.
Founded in 1936, the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 8,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.
Tracy Taylor, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications
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