STEPPING OVER STRAY DOGS

Monday, November 15, 2010
By Paul Martin

by Scott Tips, JD
November 15, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

But watch out for the Codex mess

Santiago de Chile can be a beautiful place, but one of the first things a visitor notices is that it is a city of stray dogs. They are everywhere. No one abuses them. I’ve never seen that happen even once during my two, week-long visits here. But, then, I’ve never seen anyone feed them either. Some are plumpish, but most are lean and hungry. And too many have visible ribcages pushing out against fur.

So, although my main purpose here in Chile has been to attend the 32nd session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Santiago downtown area, I find myself saving the extra food from my meals and standing in line at supermarkets to buy pouches and tins of dog food to feed to the stray dogs outside of the Codex meeting hours. I am not trying to pat myself on the back, because it’s what any of us would – should – do; but while observing how invisible these strays are to the Chileans as they go about their daily lives, even when they see me feeding them, it has struck me as something of a curious parallel world to what has been taking place at the Codex meeting.

The Meetings

As you will recall, at last year’s CCNFSDU meeting in Germany, the National Health Federation (with help from the Indian and Iraqi delegations) was able to stop the advance of those Guidelines on Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) [1] that would have set low numerical values for vitamins and minerals. Some delegations, especially Australia, were strongly pushing for these “dumbed down” NRVs to go forward. Had they gone forward at that time – as they very nearly did – then we would now be looking at well-advanced Codex NRVs of, for example, 45 milligrams for Vitamin C and 200 IUs for Vitamin D as providing 100% of an adult’s daily nutritional needs.[2]

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