ROBERTS DISAPPOINTED IN DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

     U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has expressed disappointment with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations, which were released by USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) February 19. He listed the process becoming politicized as his top frustration.
    “The Dietary Guidelines are an essential part of combating obesity and improving the diets of all Americans, and it is crucial the guidelines be free from political influence and be completely based in nutrition science. It appears this has not been the case, and that is troubling news,” said Roberts.  
    As part of the recommendations, “lean meats” were removed from the list of foods associated with a healthy diet and relegated to only a mention in a foot note. This reverses 30-plus years of nutrition advice recommending Americans include lean protein in their diet. In addition, the committee took into account sustainability, which is outside the realm of diet and health.
    Prior to the committee’s decision, NCBA submitted 12 sets of comments plus oral testimony to provide the latest peer-reviewed research on beef's role in a healthy diet. NCBA and KLA will continue to offer evidence of the nutritional benefits of beef by developing comments to be submitted to USDA and HHS during the 45-day public comment period now underway. KLA also is encouraging members to provide comments by going to www.kla.org and clicking the link on the left side of the page. The comment period ends April 8.

    

KLA Communications Program Manager Scarlett Hagins says the first step in enhancing the beef checkoff was taken earlier this month when NCBA members voted to support a memorandum of understanding developed by eight industry groups.