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Congressional Letter Urges US Government to Use Sound Science for Dietary Guidelines

08 April 2015

US - A group of congress men and women have called on the US government to base dietary guidelines on sound science.

Representative Vickie Hartzler along with 70 members of Congress, including House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt have sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell expressing concern with the recent report issued by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The letter urges Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell to base the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) on sound nutrition science, and discourages the inclusion of recommendations that are outside the DGAC’s scope of expertise, particularly those related to sustainability and tax policy.

The lawmakers also express disappointment with the DGAC’s evaluative process, noting that the final DGA policy document should not be based on the “pre-determined policy positions of the individual DGAC members,” but rather on “irrefutable nutritional science.”

The letter specifically highlights the DGAC’s recommendation on lean meat, which the congress representatives state contradicts “years of peer reviewed scientific research on the benefits of lean red meat as a high quality source of protein in a healthy diet.”

The North American Meat Institute and industry partners, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and National Pork Producer's Council, have backed the letter.

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