New Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meets for First Time

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Rice is an integral piece of a healthy diet
Apr 03, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC -- Last week the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee assembled for the first of five public meetings to begin the process of examining the science related to the topics and questions on nutrition and health identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the public that will help inform and guide the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The two-day meeting included an overview of the issues the Committee is investigating, presentations on the evidence-based approaches for reviewing scientific evidence, and plans for next steps along with opportunities for public engagement.

The 2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will continue to focus on what the nation eats and drinks to help prevent disease and keep Americans healthy.  New to the guidelines will be recommendations for pregnant women and children from birth to 24 months.

“We know the valuable role rice plays in American diets and commend the USDA for its commitment to public engagement and transparency during this process,” said Cameron Jacobs, USA Rice manager of domestic promotion.  “As in years past, we have submitted peer-reviewed research to develop these recommendations and guidelines and look forward to the committee reviewing our submissions.”

With the first meeting mostly concerned with the process behind the formation of the dietary guidelines, future meetings will focus on the evaluation and systematic review of the science as well as public engagement.  The public comment period opened on March 12 and will run through the Committee’s tenure to ensure public feedback is received.  Two future advisory meetings will allow for in-person comments to the Committee.

“USA Rice will continue to be an active participant in the Dietary Guidelines process,” said Jacobs.  "We will attend all future meetings and submit scientific research and comments, and work within the Grain Chain Coalition and Food and Beverage Industry Alliance to ensure the U.S. rice industry voice is heard by the Committee as they make recommendations for the 2020 guidelines.”

The next meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee takes place here July 10-22.