EU och Codex

Summarized from Spiegel Online International

The staggered phase out of energy-wasting light bulbs begins on Sept. 1 in Germany. The unpopularity of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs that will replace them is leading consumers and retailers to start hoarding the traditional bulbs.

The search is on for energy-saving alternatives to the so called EU or CFL light-bulbs. Alternatives that don't harm the health of the producer or the user. Given time safer alternatives will naturally develop. Needless to say there are several alternatives in the pipe-line.

A warm Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) that breaks should be disposed of with care:

Are you aware that the EU has decided that energy-efficient light-bulbs are to replace "normal" light-bulbs by 2012? The yellow canary suggests that you read the following report from The Sunday Times that claims that hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West.

From The Sunday Times
May 3, 2009

Within 3 months of installing 30 so called energy-efficient lightbulbs: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) a US technician, who researchers cutting-edge clean technology, was troubled by exceptional ill health. These 30 lightbulbs were installed in his home and during these three months he and his family all developed unusual health problems including chronic migraines, nausea, skin rashes and arthritic-like conditions.

This is a letter to Irish MEP's from the founder and director of the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health, Richard Burton, Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapist and Acupuncturist.

Dear Irish MEP,

In my estimation, if the Food Supplement Directive (FSD) is adopted in or close to its current form, it will have the following impacts:

RESTRICTIVE VITAMIN supplement standards due to be set by the EU are to be re-examined following an Irish petition. The standards, introduced by EU directive, would restrict doses of vitamin D to the equivalent of that produced by 25 seconds of sunlight and prevent the sale of high-dose vitamin C products without prescription.

The EU food supplements directive was given the go-ahead in 2005. However, the maximum permitted levels of ingredients to be contained in supplements has not yet been set.

“There is a huge shift taking place in the global awareness in the last 5 years with strong views about globalization and the power structures of major corporations.”    David Korten