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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 09:49:54 -0800
From: "Linda M. Davies" <bdainov8@erols.com>
To: alan@noel.pd.org
Cc: betty@pd.org
Subject: [Fwd: Genetic Eng. may spawn new diseases]

Dear Alan,
Here is something for you and Betty!
Linda

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Subject: Urgent Codex meeting campaign (labelling GMOs)
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 97 09:52:07 +0000
SENDER/REPLIES: info@natural-law-party.org.uk

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RE: Codex meeting campaign.

The lobbying of UN Codex re the compulsory labelling of genetically =
engineered foods is crucial. Please read the attached and email, fax =
or write to the UK representative for Codex. The biotech companies or =
lobbying strongly for no labelling. If they succeed all countries =
will be bound by their ruling. It is very important that as many =
people as possible express their strong desire for compulsory =
labelling to their Codex representative. Please fax, send or email =
this message from John Fagan to as many friends and colleagues as you =
can.

Natural Law Party, UK

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HERE IS A MESSAGE FROM JOHN FAGAN THAT WE ARE SENDING OUT ON THE =
INTERNET. WE ARE ASKING AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO SEND MESSAGES =
TO THEIR UN CODEX REPRESENTATIVE ASKING FOR MANDATORY LABELLING OF =
GENETIC ENGINEERING FOODS.

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UN Codex Committee Meets in Ottawa to Decide Labelling of Genetically =
Engineered Foods

>From April 14-18, 1997, the UN Codex Committee on Food Labelling =
(CCFL) meets in Ottawa. Under the strong influence of the food =
industry, this Committee makes regulations concerning what foods are =
allowed on the international market, and the labelling of these foods.

This meeting in Ottawa is critical to the entire world's food =
supply.Regulations are being considered that would allow thousands of =
genetically engineered (GE) products to flood the world market. The =
biotech industry is lobbying Codex to pass internationally binding =
legislation allowing these experimental foods in every country, =
without labelling or extensive
testing, and mixed in with other foods.

What We Can Do:

Input from you and others in your country to your representatives at =
the Codex meeting could be critical in creating a favourable outcome =
on this issue. Please send them a letter, fax, or email stating your =
concerns, and please organise for as many people in your country to =
send letters, as well.

Finding your Codex representative:

In United Kingdom, concerns can be directed to Mr. Allan Buchan, UK =
Representative for Codex, Head of Branch B, Food Labelling and =
Standards Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Room =
325B, Ergon House, c/o Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR. =
Tel 0171 238 6763.

In Canada, concerns can be sent to the Head of the Canadian =
Delegation: Mr. Gerry Reasbeck, Director, Food Division, Food =
Inspection Directorate, 59 Camelot Court, Nepean, ON K1A 0Y9  Ph: =
952-8000/ Fax: 952-7387/ e-mail: greasbeck@em.agr.ca@inet

In USA, concerns can be directed to Ms. Rhonda Bond and/or Mr. =
Patrick Clerkin, Office of the U.S. Coordinator for the Codex =
Alimentarius, U.S. Department of Agriculture Room 311, West End =
Court, Washington , D.C., 20250-3700. Tel: 202-418-8841   Fax: =
202-418-8865  e-mail: uscodex@aol.com
A copy of concerns can be sent to Mr. Thomas J. Billy, A/U.S. =
Coordinator for the Codex Alimentarius, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, =
Room 331-E, Administration,14th and Independence Avenue, S.W. =
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700  Tel: 202-770-7025  Fax:  202-690-4437.

For all other countries, you can simply look up the your Codex =
representative on the web site:
HTTP://WWW.FAO.ORG./WAICENT/NUTRITIO.HTM
Once on this web site, choose the topic:  - About Codex Alimentarius. =
Under this topic, choose the subheading:  - List of Codex Contact =
Points. There you will find the name, address, phone, and fax number =
for your Codex representatives.  If you call them, they can should be =
able to give you their email address.

In your letter to your Codex representative, you can emphasize =
MANDATORY LABELLING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS as the central =
concern.   The more people that send comments, the better.

In addition, here are some other points that you may wish to also =
include in your letter/fax:

=80 Labelling of genetically engineered foods is primarily a safety =
issue.

=80 Inherent in the process of genetic engineering is the risk of =
altering the genetics and cellular functioning of a food organism in =
unanticipated ways.

=80 These unanticipated alterations can lead to alterations in the =
quality of the food itself. Specifically, these alterations can =
result in genetically engineered foods being allergenic, toxic, or =
reduced in nutritional value.

=80 Currently many nations do not even have laws governing testing =
the safety of genetically engineered food. In those countries that do =
have such law, the testing protocols specified are inadequate to =
detect all possible
allergens, toxins, and alterations in nutritional value that could be =
caused by genetic engineering of foods.

=80 Although every genetically engineered food will not be grossly =
toxic, allergenic, or reduced in nutritional value, some of them =
will, and because of the loopholes in procedures for assessing the =
safety of genetically
engineered foods, there is the risk that some harmful genetically =
engineered foods will reach the market undetected. Thus, at present =
there is health risk associated with every genetically engineered =
food that comes to market.

=80 There is another source of risk associated with these foods. =
Namely, that testing procedures assess health impacts resulting from =
consuming a food over a limited period of time. This means that there =
is residual risk due to the possibility of longer term effects of the =
food.

=80 Given the existence of these loop-holes and residual =
uncertainties, consumers should have the right to choose for =
themselves whether or not to accept the risks associated with =
genetically engineered foods.

=80 Labelling of genetically engineered foods to specify the process =
(genetic engineering) that was used in producing them will allow =
consumers to make that choice.

=80 There is another reason that genetically engineered foods should =
be labelled as such: This is a new technology, and people want to =
examine this technology in their own way. This is their right as =
consumers. Consumers simply have the right to choose for themselves =
whether or not, and to what extent, they will make use of genetically =
engineered foods.
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SENDER/REPLIES: info@natural-law-party.org.uk



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