Comment After Meeting 1

Subject: Information on Your Webpage

Thank you for providing audio of the first meeting. I found the meeting informative and I am looking forward to your future meetings. Right now I have some comments about the information that you plan to provide to the public on your website.

  1. Will the comments that we submit be kept for the record and will the panelist have easy access to them? Will the comments be made available to the public, like it was for the 2015 DGAC?
  2. Will you make public the information packet that was given to the panelist?
  3. There was no mention of the 2/19/16 Listening Session conducted by CNPP to solicit input from the stakeholders. Are the panelist aware that the transcript is available on the web?
  4. There was no mention of the 10/7/15 Congressional Hearing on the Dietary Guidelines. Both the video and transcript are available on the web. The hearing provides valuable information on why the study was authorized by Congress.
  5. For an objective summary of the 2015 DGA, I recommend the 2/2/16 Congressional Research Service report, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Frequently Asked Questions”, Report Number R44360.

Here are links to the information the I referred to in my submitted comment:

HMD Review of the DGA Process

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), Health and Medicine Division (HMD) review of the process which creates Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is underway. Here are some links to follow the story:

The study was mandated by the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Public Law 114-113, Sec. 735:

(a) Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall engage the National Academy of Medicine to conduct a comprehensive study of the entire process used to establish the Advisory Committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the subsequent development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most recently revised pursuant to section 301 of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5341). The panel of the National Academy of Medicine selected to conduct the study shall include a balanced representation of individuals with broad experiences and viewpoints regarding nutritional and dietary information.

(b) The study required by subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1) An analysis of each of the following:

(A) How the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can better prevent chronic disease, ensure nutritional sufficiency for all Americans, and accommodate a range of individual factors, including age, gender, and metabolic health.

(B) How the advisory committee selection process can be improved to provide more transparency, eliminate bias, and include committee members with a range of viewpoints.

(C) How the Nutrition Evidence Library is compiled and utilized, including whether Nutrition Evidence Library reviews and other systematic reviews and data analysis are conducted according to rigorous and objective scientific standards.

(D) How systematic reviews are conducted on longstanding Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, including whether scientific studies are included from scientists with a range of viewpoints.

(2) Recommendations to improve the process used to establish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to ensure the Dietary Guidelines for Americans reflect balanced sound science.

(c) There is hereby appropriated $1,000,000 to conduct the study required by subsection (a).