Several members of the House Agriculture Committee are raising concerns over the recommendations made in a report released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, Nutrition Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Walorski, and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer sent a joint letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell suggesting that the DGAC stepped outside its lane when making recommendations in their latest report.
“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 of the Committee’s purview. 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.”