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NAMI Launches Online Petition to Inject Common Sense Into Dietary Guidelines

Monday, March 16, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

NAMI last week launched a Change.org petition urging USDA and HHS to inject common sense into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Since its launch last Thursday, the petition has garnered more than 580 signatures, and each signature generates a message to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

"Hot dog, sausage, bacon and salami lovers throughout the land stand together as Americans in favor of a balanced diet that includes meat and poultry of all kinds. We stand together as people who value personal choice and reject taxes on foods that elite academics deem unhealthy. We assert ourselves as intelligent, free thinking people capable of making decisions that are best for our families' nutrition needs, traditions and personal budgets," the petition says. "In response to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recent, anemic recommendations to eat lower amounts of red and processed meats we say, unequivocally and without hesitation, 'Hands off my hot dog!'"

Numerous media covered the petition, including The Hill, Politico , Meatingplace, Meat & Poultry and National Provisioner.

According to Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter, "We hope our petition will give a voice to the 95 percent of Americans who make meat and poultry part of a balanced diet and who want to ensure that no restrictions or taxes are placed upon their dietary choices. While the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee may think consumers aren't capable of making common sense nutrition decisions and must be taxed and restricted, we believe Americans are intelligent people and we want their voices to be heard." Carpenter has asked all members to sign and circulate the petition.

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