Dietary Guidelines Process Begins

March 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a list of scientific questions that will be used to develop the next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), and asked the public to comment, in what USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services called an effort at greater “transparency” in developing the government’s official eating advice.

In releasing the questions and seeking comment until March 30, Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps also said he expects to ask for nominations to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in “late spring to summer.”  That committee does the majority of the work on the DGA, which are revised every five years.   The 2015-2020 DGA was praised by the egg industry for ending the decades-old advice to limit dietary cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day.