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House Agriculture Committee Members Urge Extension in Public Comment Period for DGAC Report

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Nutrition Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (R-NC) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell arguing for an extension from 45 to 120 days in the public comment period for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report. The members urged USDA and HHS officials to heavily weigh public comment, stressing that the DGAC's recommendations are flawed.

"The secretaries share responsibility for these flawed recommendations because they failed to keep the committee focused on nutritional recommendations and away from areas such as sustainability and tax policy, which are outside the committee's purview," Conaway said in an accompanying statement. "At a time when consumers are already subjected to conflicting and often contradictory nutrition and health information, the dietary guidelines must provide the public with realistic, science-based recommendations. Given the grave concerns that have been raised, more time is needed for public comment, and those comments should be fully reviewed and considered."

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