Natural Health Product Industry in Canada Protest Against Bill C-51

by Savitha C Muppala on  May 10, 2008 at 7:59 PM General Health News
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Natural Health Product Industry in Canada Protest Against Bill C-51
Those who vouch for the benefits of traditional herbal medicines and natural health products will now have a chance to protest against Bill C-51, which seeks to regulate the entry of natural health products.

Confirming that Bill C-51 is not with an intention to wipe out herbal products from the shelves, Federal Health Minister Tony Clement explained that the proposed legislation in effect seeks to protect the consumer and to monitor the $20-billion-a-year drug industry. It will also enable Health Canada to focus on drug safety from start to finish.

"Ninety-nine per cent of the natural health product industry delivers an excellent product," Clement said. "But there is the one per cent who don't label properly or warn about serious side effects."

"If the product is a vitamin, the negative impact of taking a vitamin is low, so it will be fast-tracked and won't have to go through the rigamarole other products would encounter. "If the risk it low, it will be fast-tracked. If high, for example the product claims to cure cancer, it will take more time."

John Biggs, owner of three Optimum Health stores, is wary of Health Canada and does not trust this motive. He believes that Health Canada is prejudiced against the natural health industry.

Several years back the natural health products industry had requested Health Canada for a distinct category of its products. As an answer to this, the ministry designed a Natural Products Directorate that accorded each natural health product a number to legalize it for sale.

The natural directorate was also unable to handle the huge numbers of applications coming in for approval, a number close to 45000 natural products applying for numbers.

"In four years, the Natural Products Directorate has only processed 6,000 of them."The ones that remain unapproved are in technical violation and C-51 makes unapproved therapeutic products illegal," Biggs said.

Source: Medindia

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The large corporation drug and pharmacy companies have the big money to back this legislation. Ironic since the drugs that these corporations support and produce can be responsible for countless horrible side effects. Natural products are safer, cheaper and reliable. This is scary for investors involved with the big drug companies. What can we do to prevent this bill from going any further?


this was just brought to my attention and i must say that if this bill passes, it will change everything i hold dear and sacred in my daily living.... i am an advocate for all natural and animal friendly products. everything i own from toothpaste to toilet cleaner is natural and not tested on animals - my favourite place to shop is Goodness Me an all natural and organic health food store.
if this bill were to pass i would have to change everything in my lifestyle - simply unjust as i am sure i am one of millions in our population who rely heavily on natual products..
what can we do to prevent this from happening - what actions can we take?????


Tony clement owns 25% of a pharmaceutical company. Now everything he says carries zero credibility. He is a Big Pharma soldier and acts in there best interests. He will be sent to prison for lieing to Canadians. Let's make this very clear bill c-51 is not for the benefit of Canadians so wake up and spread the word that bill c51 is there to take away Canadians rights and freedoms. Standup Canada, wakeup to the corruption of your Government, media and regulatory bodies they have all been infiltrated by big corporation operatives. The time to act is now.

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