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Young Livng’s Codex Policy Statement

December 15, 2009

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I discovered this Codex Policy Statement within Young Living’s resources and I felt it was important to share with others. Though this may hold true, I find it important to stay informed on actions that may impact my health decisions.

Codex Policy Statement

Recently there have been a number of Internet articles expressing concern by a few consumer groups that as of June 2005, the Codex Alimentarius Commission will supposedly put in place international standards that will supersede U.S. law and restrict the sale of dietary supplements in the United States. These articles have stated or implied that limitations set within Codex standards would limit access by U.S. consumers to many different dietary supplements or cause that they should become prescription-only medications.

Because of the ubiquitous nature of these articles, it is important that distributors and consumers be aware of Young Living Essential Oil’s position regarding Codex. Please be aware that Young Living has always and will continue to support and promote consumer access to safe and effective essential oils and dietary supplements. Young Living is actively involved in several different industry organizations working vigorously to ensure access to dietary supplements that are safe and effective, both in the United States and internationally.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, or Codex, was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Its stated purpose is to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practices in international trade of foods by recommending standards relating to nutrition and codes of practice in the manufacture of foods. There are 165 member countries, including the United States, who review and provide comments on these recommended standards at several stages in the development process.

However, it is important to note that once developed, Codex standards and related texts are still only recommended. Member countries are not bound by or required to adopt any of Codex’s voluntary standards. In the United States, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). This law ensures U.S. consumers access to a broad array of dietary supplements that are safe and labeled in a truthful and non-misleading manner. This law can only be changed through an act of Congress and is not subordinate to standards set forth by any international body.

Some articles have suggested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) may place pressure on the U.S. through its trade dispute panels to adopt Codex standards in place of existing U.S. regulations. However, the WTO can only bring pressure on the United States to accept Codex standards if regulations in the United States were more restrictive than those of Codex, and thus prevented international trade. For dietary supplements, it is highly unlikely that any other country would accuse the U.S. of imposing a trade barrier for the importation of dietary supplements into the U.S. marketplace because DSHEA and other U.S. laws and regulations are generally broader in scope and less restrictive than Codex standards and those of most other countries.

Finally, U.S. regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are bound by laws established by Congress, not by Codex standards. Thus, neither Codex nor the WTO can force the FDA to enforce any standard that is more restrictive than DSHEA and U.S. laws currently in place. Only the United States Congress can impose rules for the FDA to follow that are more, or less, restrictive than DSHEA.

In summary, Young Living supports U.S. consumers’ access to a broad array of dietary supplements. We are taking an active role in this process by supporting the efforts of industry associations such as the Utah Natural Products Alliance, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and the European Responsible Nutrition Alliance to protect consumer access to dietary supplements.

Young Living also encourages each distributor to apply renewed efforts to building their business and serving their customers. When more people are involved, legislators and policy makers take notice. We recognize that you, the distributor, are the foundation of Young Living’s phenomenal success and our most important asset. Because of this, we will continue to provide the very best essential oils and dietary supplement products in the world to everyone who is actively engaged in their health and wellness.

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