IFT Comments to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

September 25, 2013

IFT believes that an understanding of food science and technology and its role in addressing public health issues such as reducing food components (for example, sodium, saturated fat, trans-fat, and sugar), increasing nutrients of concern (for example, folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, and dietary fiber), eliminating acute and chronic malnutrition, reducing chronic disease, and providing safe, healthy and affordable foods for Americans is crucial for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines deliberations.  Thus, IFT urges the Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to seek guidance and invite a food scientist and/or technologist to provide “testimony” during one of its public meetings as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed.  Further, IFT also urges the DHHS, and USDA to consider at least one permanent designation of a food scientist and/or food technologist for future (2020 and beyond) DGACs.

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