(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) released the following statement from Dr. Leon Bruner, chief science officer, on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued today:
“GMA appreciates the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review more than 29,000 comments on the 2015 DGAC.
“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are an important tool that consumers can use to achieve a healthy and balanced diet and these guidelines should be based on sound nutrition science and be practical, affordable and achievable.
“GMA raised concerns that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations on sustainable food and taxation were outside the committee’s expertise and commends USDA and HHS for not including these provisions in the final guidelines.
“We look forward to closely reviewing the details of the guidelines to see how the topics of sugars, sodium, lean/processed meats, and caffeine are addressed. GMA had expressed earlier concerns that the advisory committee’s recommendations in these areas were not based on the best available science.”
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.