You are in some ways correct. The three bills I mentioned in my previous post were brought up last year in the 108th session of Congress. These same bills are expected to be reintroduced in the current session in the next couple of months just with different bill numbers. This is, as Atreides hopefully is pointing out, is the real present danger.
As far as how this all relates to CODEX:
The United States Federal Register, October 11, 1995, FDA Policy on Standards, states that " where a relevant international standard exists , or completion is imminent, it will generally be used in preference to a domestic standard." Now for those that haven’t kept up with the bs going on with conflict of interest with people in the FDA having ties with drug companies please understand that this kind of shit goes on. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but understand that in business, money rules the fucking world. Who do you think stands to profit tremendously from limiting nutraceutical options to people?
WTO regs or for that matter Codex will never supersede US law without an act of Congress. There is no legislation in the current Congress to do such.
I’m with Atreides and I’ve posting on this same topic before as well. You ask your question at the end making it seem like big business benefits from limiting supplements to people… but how? Would Biotest, EAS, Met-RX, Twinlab, etc. get anything over a more limited market that would probably require a doctor’s prescription? I highly doubt it. The FDA conflicts of interest issue, while important, is a separate one from this because that goes more to drug approvals and such. This is a different kind of animal all together. I have a hard time believing drug companies would get into this supplement business given the fact that their current line of business is a lot more specialized/proprietary and not subject to the same amount of commoditization as the supplement industry where the truly unique supplements are few and far between.
In addition, we simply do not act in any way, shape or form like the EU. Given our own tenuous (at times) relationship with the U.N., I somehow doubt that the U.S. is going to cave in to the “one world government” types ever. It’s just not in our national make-up, certainly not under the current administration (regardless of your feelings on them). In addition, you have people like Senator Hatch who represent states with a lot of nutrition and supplement companies and they will not allow this kind of thing to proceed.