Honourable Mr Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister, The Hon. Mr Peter Dutton MP, The Hon. Ms Tanya Plibersek MP and Ms
Australians and people from many other nations have been following Ms Janine Lewis’s work as the Australian
delegate at the annual Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings held in various international cities. Reports have
come from a number of sources, including the NHF (National Health Federation) which sends its own delegate to these meetings.
We are greatly disturbed that Ms Lewis has been actively lobbying
other delegates at the CODEX meetings in a move to reduce Nutrient Reference Values even further during the coming
CODEX meeting on Nutrition about to be held in Germany on 4 -8 November. She plans to reduce these already low
micronutrient levels in foods and supplements to subsistence levels just at a time when 1 out of 3 people in
developing countries suffer from vitamin and mineral decficiencies and 16 million people in developed
countries, including Australia, suffer from malnutrition. Ms Lewis proposes to lower daily human intake of
essential micro-nutrients in both foods and supplements to a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Food
and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, for special groups, leaving athletes, growing children, pregnant
and lactating women and the elderely at risk of malnutrition.
have taken a particular interest in the way this committee develops food standards and guidelines that are used in
international food trade, since those standards will be imposed on Australians and on the rest of the
therefore expect that the Australian position at the CODEX Commission should be: 1. Based on sound science. 2.
Aligned with community standards 3. Beneficial to the public’s health and wellbeing.
Australian policy decisions are subject to scrutiny by the rest of the world and it is the desire
of most Australians to be regarded by the international community as a nation that promotes sound and healthful
public policies, especially where these decisions impact other nations.
the past several years Australia has taken increasingly harmful and perplexing positions at CODEX meetings on a
number of other crucial issues, which now leads us to asking the following questions:
1.Why did the Australian CODEX delegate, Ms Lewis, oppose labelling of genetically engineered foods
at the 2010 Codex Committee on Food Labelling in Canada, making it impossible for consumers to make informed
choices about whether or not to buy genetically modified foods for their families? This regulation would make it
impossible for parents anywhere in the world to avoid genetically altered baby foods for their
2.Why did Ms Lewis vote to adopt Ractopamine-doped meat products during a CODEX meeting in Rome in
July 2012 when this steroid type drug, marketed by Eli Lilly, has been banned by 160 countries on the grounds it is
dangerous to animals and humans?
3.Why did the Australian Delegate allow industry to contaminate food products with the
proven-killer contaminant Melamine in the 2009-2011 sessions of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods, when
this contaminant has already killed or sickened 290,000 humans (mostly children) and over 20,229 pet
4.Why did the Australian delegate push for maximum upper limits on vitamin-and-mineral supplements
in 2005 when these levels have been standard supplement formulations for decades without any evidence of harm to
consumers? At the same time, why is Australia lobbying to decrease even further the Nutrient Reference Values for
vitamins and mineralswhen1 out of 3 people in developing countries are
affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies and 16 million people in developed countries suffer from
malnutrition?Has Ms Lewis
factored in the projected death rate of a policy that restricts micronutrients on the world’s populations
in need of supplemental nutrition?
5.Why did the Australian delegate oppose removing toxic Aluminum as a food additive at the Codex
Committee on Food Additives meetings, in Beijing, China, in March 2013, when studies show this heavy metal is
implicated in a variety of neurological conditions 
including Parkinsons and Alzheimer’s Disease?
The current Australian
government’s position on these issues is clearly injurious to human and animal health and only serves the
industries which manufacture these toxins, drugs and genetically engineered products.
require a thorough review of Australian policies and answers from the Australian government as to why the
Australian Codex Office is imposing these unhealthy policies onto Australians and the world at large and why it is
(1)Support the removal of toxins and contaminants from foods
(2)Support the labelling of GM food products
(3)Support the increase of healthy vitamins and minerals in our diets instead of a
While these issues are hopefully placed under review we respectfully request that the
Australian delegate, Janine Lewis, refrain from lobbying nations toward adopting harmful policies, including
lowering essential nutrient levels in foods and supplements, and stop voting for, promoting or implementing
unhealthful policies at the CODEX Committees.
Concerned People of Australia and the Rest of the World