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USDA-HHS Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Meeting Announced and Call for Public Comments Issued.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has issued its recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services for changes to the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines. The recommendations contain ten guidelines to improve the well being of the public through promotion of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
In light of these guidelines' importance to the health of every American, the process by which the Committee arrived at their recommendations is extremely important. Did the Committee adequately evaluate the relevant scientific issues in keeping with the standards for health risk assessment? Did any political or policy considerations impact consideration of the science? Was there an adequate opportunity for participation as part of the Committee's deliberations? These issues should be kept in mind as the public reviews the Committee's work, particularly as part of the ongoing opportunities for public comment discussed below.
Prior to publication of revised Dietary Guidelines later in the year, the two Departments are seeking public comments on the Committee's recommendations. A summary of the recommendations and draft guidelines can be viewed on the USDA Website at www.ars.usda.gov/dgac. (See the CRE Federal Government Links Directory for a complete listing of all USDA offices, as a mechanism for making your comments known to agency officials.) A complete document posted on the Internet and a public comment announcement in the Federal Register are expected shortly. In addition, a public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Committee's recommendation (discussed below). Interested parties are encouraged to make their views known to the Departments.
Written Comments: Will be accepted until March 15, 2000.
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