SFA Member Alert: What You Need to Know about the DGAC Report

February 19, 2015

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report was released on February 19, 2015. This report is merely a policy recommendation (not a law or regulation) and has received substantially more attention this year than in past editions due to First Lady Michelle Obama's involvement in nutrition initiatives. For the first time, the DGAC didn't just recommend a healthy diet based on science, it ventured into public policy and recommended unprecedented actions such as banning, taxing, and restricting access to certain foods.


The report will be open for public comment for 45 days until April 8 and will be finalized by USDA and HHS (the Agencies) by the end of 2015. The final recommendations from the Agencies will serve as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and will be basis for federal nutrition policy for the next 5 years.

Why Does It Matter?

Sodium recommendations and snacking were two primary areas of contention in the DGAC report.

What has SFA been doing?

  • Submitted 4 rounds of comments to the DGAC focusing on areas such as snacking and sodium.
  • Formed sodium coalition with food industry groups to educate Congress and the Administration on the most recent sodium science. 

What will SFA do next?

SFA will submit comments on the report ahead of the deadline.

What Can You Do?

  • Submit your own comments to the DGAC here by April 8, 2015

  • Tell SFA what you think so we can communicate your concern in our comments.

Want More Info?

Contact Kailee Tkacz, Director Government Affairs at ktkacz@sfa.org or call 703.836.4500 ext. 218 for an in-depth analysis of the DGAC report.