06/01/2020 - The Academy urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture not to artificially cut short the amount of time leading scientists on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee need to review complex science, answer the scientific questions tasked to them, and provide a foundation for brand new guidelines for our youngest Americans from birth to two-years-old. Outstanding external circumstances – including the government shutdown and COVID-19 – have understandably delayed the process to create these recommendations, and the committee's charter allows them to meet until October, for the amount of time other committees have needed. Quality cannot be sacrificed for speed; substantial additional time is needed to draft a comprehensive report that applies to all Americans of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
In the letter submitted on June 1, 2020, the Academy writes:
"The critical work of developing, reviewing, and drawing conclusions from systematic reviews should not sacrifice quality for alacrity. Systematic reviews should not be developed with less-transparency or more limited engagement of experts than was previously used."
Ten Academy members are among 20 nationally recognized nutrition and health science authorities serving on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Read the Academy's letter here.