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NCBA's Danielle Beck Encourages Producers to Submit Comments on Dietary Guidelines Before Aug. 13 Deadline
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 08:47:55 CDT
Dietary guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policy and Danielle Beck, senior director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says producers need to weigh in on the process now as the public comment deadline is Aug. 13.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Danielle Beck
The process of establishing dietary guidelines happens every five years and the government is now in the process of finalizing the 2020-25 guidelines.
It's critical for beef producers because it impacts every facet of the American consumers' lives, Beck said.
Anti-ag animal activists attempted to hijack the process five years ago and Beck is optimistic for a better outcome this time around.
In 2015 there was a lot of conversation about not including beef in the diet but this time around the USDA has made sure there is a fair and balanced scientific approach, Beck said.
Now we're trying to influence the final outcome is favorable for beef producers, she said.
There is strong support for meat as a foundational protein food for infants and young children from 6 to 24 months of age, Beck said.
The NCBA official noted the advisory committee recognizes the need for Americans to eat more nutrient dense foods to achieve the nutrient needs within those calorie goals. Beef definitely meets the definition of nutrient dense foods.
The guidelines need to be flexible so average consumers can understand and adopt, she said.
The process is a joint effort between the USDA and FDA and this year it is the USDA's turn to lead the process.
The science is on our side regarding the importance of beef in a healthy diet
Beck issued a "call to action" for beef producers to get comments into the USDA.
We encourage producers to go NCBA's policy website where there is a link at the top of the page to submit comments, she said.
Click here to connect directly to the NCBA page.
When the public comment period first opened on the dietary guidelines, the majority of comments were from those supporting a vegan activist community, so our producers definitely need to weigh in, she said.
Deadline for making comments is Aug. 13.
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