Committee Holds Hearing to Review 2015 Dietary Guidelines Process

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Oct. 7 to review the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. Coinciding with the hearing, the ACC submitted a letter for the record, urging Secretaries Burwell and Vilsack not to lower the cholesterol intake guidance in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

According to the letter, “Left uncorrected, these misunderstandings [of suggested cholesterol intake] are likely to encourage dietary choices that could prove risky for many Americans”. The ACC also signed on to a letter from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, encouraging HHS and the USDA to continue their evidence-based guideline process without political interference.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines are expected to be released by HHS and the USDA in the coming months. ACC Advocacy will continue to keep you updated on news related to the guidelines. 

Clinical Topics: Dyslipidemia, Prevention, Lipid Metabolism, Nonstatins, Diet

Keywords: Cholesterol, Diet, Dietetics, Nutrition Policy, Nutritional Status, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Dept. of Health and Human Services

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