I just received a phone call and an urgent email from my sister-in-law, regarding a bill called C-51 that is currently being pushed in Canadian parliament. Here is a brief explanation of what the bill is:
A new law being pushed in Canada by Big Pharma seeks to outlaw up to 60 percent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, even while criminalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children. The law, known as C-51, was introduced by the Canadian Minister of Health on April 8th, 2008, and it proposes sweeping changes to Canada’s Food and Drugs Act that could have devastating consequences on the health products industry.
Among the changes proposed by the bill are radical alterations to key terminology, including replacing the word “drug” with “therapeutic product” throughout the Act, thereby giving the Canadian government broad-reaching powers to regulate the sale of all herbs, vitamins, supplements and other items. With this single language change, anything that is “therapeutic” automatically falls under the Food and Drug Act. This would include bottled water, blueberries, dandelion greens and essentially all plant-derived substances.
The Act also changes the definition of the word “sell” to include anyone who gives such therapeutic products to someone else. So a mother giving an herb to her child, under the proposed new language, could be arrested for engaging in the sale of unregulated, unapproved “therapeutic substances.”
Read entire article here.
This bill is very concerning because it would virtually end our freedom to sell and purchase natural or therapeutic supplements, to teach about or promote them, and could even get parents in trouble for giving them to their children (no homeopathic teething tablets, Vitamin C or probiotics?). It would even prevent me from discussing this topic and freely giving my suggestions and recommendations to you in regards to vitamins, minerals, greens, herbs, fish oils, etc.
For more information, including links to the actual bill on the Parliament of Canada website, a legal review of the bill, and information about what you can do to speak out against this bill, please visit StopC51.com!
As well, if you know anything more about this bill, or know of information resources, etc. please leave a comment with the information. Thanks!