(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, regarding the U.S. House Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
“It is imperative that USDA and HHS develop science-based dietary guidelines that are practical, affordable and achievable. The federal dietary guidelines form the foundation for national nutrition policy and must be based on sound nutrition science. The credibility of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans may be damaged if some of those guidelines fail to have a sufficient scientific basis.
“GMA appreciates the recent announcement by USDA and HHS that the dietary guidelines will not include sustainability recommendations because that area is outside the scope of the guidelines. However, we remain concerned that some of the recommendations made earlier this year by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) are not based on the best available science, particularly in the areas of sugars, sodium, lean/processed meats, and caffeine.
“GMA commends Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) for their leadership on conducting a hearing to review the process used to develop the 2015 dietary guidelines considering the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received more than 29,000 comments on the 2015 DGAC report, compared to only 1,200 in 2010."
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.