Cattlemen pleased dietary guidelines will focus on science
October 8, 2015
Pierre, SD (October 8, 2015) – Statement from South Dakota Cattlemen's Association President, Todd Wilkinson, regarding the House Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans yesterday.
"SDCA has continued to express concerns about the process and science behind the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report released earlier this year. The report, which is currently under review by the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, excluded lean meat from their recommendations but included recommendations outside of their scope and expertise, including sustainability.
SDCA is pleased Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell, who are charged with finalizing the Guidelines, have indicated in recent days that the Guidelines will include lean meats and other proteins as part of a healthy diet. Their testimony yesterday also indicated they intend to exclude any recommendations from the Advisory Committee that are outside of the scope of diet and nutrition and will focus on the best available science when finalizing the Guidelines.
While we recognize there is still work to be done by the agencies to finalize the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we commend Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell for their work on this important federal policy and appreciate the continued oversight by the House Agriculture Committee. We will continue to monitor the process, but are pleased with the commitment to science and research expressed by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.
–South Dakota Cattlemen's Association