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GMA Statement on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations

GMA Press Contact

Roger Lowe

office: 202-295-3954

“The Grocery Manufacturers Association believes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are an important tool that consumers can use to achieve healthy, balanced diet, but we have several concerns about the 2015 DGAC recommendations.

“We are concerned that some of the conclusion statements and recommendations of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) are not properly based on the best available science, particularly in the areas of sugars, sodium, lean/processed meats and caffeine. We also are concerned that the 2015 DGAC improperly made recommendations on sustainable food production and ingredient safety, which are outside of committee’s expertise.

“We will more closely review the 2015 DGAC conclusions and recommendations, and will share the specifics of our concerns in formal comments.

“The food industry continues to take steps to offer consumers a variety of convenient, safe and nutritious products.  We encourage the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop dietary guidelines that are practical, affordable and achievable.”


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.