CAFTA and vitamins -- internet hoax!
- At the LP of Palm Beach County meeting on Monday night (where I spoke
about advancing libertarian policy ideas through the GOP), we
heard a short presentation from local conservative activist Dean
Taffel, who challenged the national Libertarian Party's (and national
RLC's) support for CAFTA.
As part of his presentation, he suggested that CAFTA would tie the
U.S. into CODEX standards and permit regulation of dietary
supplements by in the U.S. by foreign bodies. However, this is not
After the meeting, I called the Competitive Enterprise Institute in
Washington to ask about this issue. CEI, by the way, is a respectable
libertarian think tank that employs analysts with background in law
and economics and other relevant disciplines and has read and
analyzed CAFTA from our point of view.
Regarding CODEX, he said that the CODEX language is standard in free
trade agreements, as FTAs use CODEX as an international standard
relating to food safety and hygene. For example, The WTO defers to
the Codex in disputes between members regarding sanitary and
phytosanitary standards to ensure that when a country refuses exports
from another country for health and safety reasons, that the refusal
is based on sound science and not protectionism (non-tariff trade
barrier). Under the Codex standards, the BSE milk issue brought up by
the EU was decided in the US's favor, for example.
In other words, the CODEX language is an attempt to create agreed-
upon standards so that cheating (trying to set up new non-tariff
trade barriers) can be identified in some objective manner. This has
nothing to do with a conspiracy to regulate dietary supplements or
vitamins. No such authority is or can be granted by CAFTA.
For more on CAFTA from CEI, see: http://www.cei.org/pdf/4561.pdf
-- Philip Blumel