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Dietary Guidelines Committee Holds Second Meeting

July 30, 2019

NMPF’s newest regulatory expert, Miquela Hanselman, testified at joint U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services meetings soliciting public comment on the upcoming update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on July 10th and 11th.

The meetings began with each of the DGAC’s six subcommittees and one working group presenting draft protocols or proposed
scientific approaches which will be used to examine the scientific evidence. These protocols include analytic frameworks, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and search strategies, all of which are available online. The committee has requested comment on the protocols by July 24th; however, the comment period will be open for the entirety of the dietary guidelines process.

The second part of the meeting focused on comments from members of the public. While some public comments were anti-dairy and not supported by scientific literature, the dairy industry was united in promoting the importance of dairy in healthy diets. NMPF and the National Dairy Council commented on key areas regarding dairy’s important place in the dietary guidelines.

Our key priorities for dairy include:

  • Maintaining dairy as a separate nutritional group
  • Maintaining the recommendation of three dairy servings per day
  • Preventing non-dairy beverages from being allowed into the dairy group
  • Emphasizing the protein quality of dairy products

You can find the full statement here. NMPF will submit written comments and continue to monitor the dietary guidelines as more information is released.

Contact: Clay Detlefsen