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Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Debates Meat Consumption in Sixth Meeting

Monday, November 10, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its sixth meeting as it works on recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The meeting included a comparison of different dietary patterns such as "healthy US-style," "vegetarian-style" and "Mediterranean-style" to show what the typical patterns include. Their comparison shows that red and processed meats (among other findings) are higher in the Mediterranean -style diets - which has been discussed in these DGAC discussions as a "gold standard" dietary pattern. Despite this fact, the committee still seems to be heading toward a recommendation of lower red and processed meat intakes.

The DGAC is expected to hold a seventh meeting in mid-December with the goal of completing their work and submitting their report to HHS and USDA at the end of the year or early January. The report will then be available for comment and there will be a public meeting in the spring with the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report scheduled for release at the end of 2015.

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