Progress, of sorts, on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines

Remember the Dietary
Guidelines
?  Those pesky things that have to be revised every
five years by order of Congress?

This time, the USDA is firmly in charge of the joint process
with HHS.

It says the updating process
is well underway.

The call has gone out for nominations of advisory committee
members.  This is now closed and USDA expects to appoint the
committee within the next few months.

And now it has put the official
charter for the process
out for comment.

It also has
issued a Q and A
.

And provides a
schedule for public engagement.

A few aspects of this especially interest me:

  • Nothing has been said about a new food guide (MyPlate is left
    over from the 2010 guidelines).
  • USDA’s close control.  It says this is mandated by
    Congress.
  • The level of scrutiny of the process will be exceptional,
    giving the fuss about the 2015 guidelines.
  • Expect the process to be highly politicized.

This committee will have its work cut out for it.  Much
appreciation to the brave souls willing to take this on.

I can’t wait to see who they are.

Stay tuned.

Source: FS – All – Food and Nutrition Blogs
Progress, of sorts, on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines