The National Pork Producers Council is pleased the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recently released scientific report continues to highlight the important role that animal products play in ensuring sufficient protein and other nutrients in the American diet, it wrote in comments submitted Thursday to the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report will be used to inform officials as they develop the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
"Pork products are one of the most widely consumed and enjoyed sources of protein in the U.S. diet, and the report highlights the fact that lean meats — such as most cuts and many preparations of pork — can make positive contributions to health," NPPC wrote.
As the 2020 dietary guidelines are being finalized, NPPC asked the agencies to consider three main issues:
- "Red and processed meats" are a diverse product group that should not be over-generalized.
- Recommendations concerning consumption of "red and processed meats" from the report be carefully translated.
- Requested no action be taken on the report's suggestion that USDA and HHS "support efforts to consider the Dietary Guidelines in relation to sustainability of the food system."
Read NPPC's full comments here.