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AMI Joins in Urging USDA and HHS to Release Access to USDA Nutrition Evidence Library used in Revising the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Friday, June 11, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI joined 23 food and beverage industry associations in a letter urging the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) co-executive secretaries for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to release access to USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL).  “Without access to the data from which the DGAC drew its conclusions and recommendations, the public may not be able to provide meaningful comments,” the letter states. 

The NEL data tables document the evidence reviewed by the Committee to draw their conclusions and recommendations for a draft of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report.  Anticipating the draft report to be released in the near future, the organizations are asking for access to the data when it is released by the departments. 

Citing Office of Management and Budget guidelines, the letter states, “In anticipation of the release of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee technical report and subsequent public comment process, it is imperative for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) to release access to the NEL report in the interest of transparency and compliance with the Data Quality Act.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here:  http://bit.ly/bKWtOz.

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