April 26, 2020

DGAC Extended

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Schedule Extended by One Month

The Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee (DGAC), tasked with creating the report that is used to generate the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), was given a one-month extension due to COVID-19 and the demand this has placed on committee member’s schedules, stated the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services in a press release.

The USDA and Health and Human Services (HHS) work together to update and release the DGA every five years. Each edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science and provides advice on what to eat and drink to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. 

The committee report was due by the end of May 2020, but the DGAC now has until June 2020. During April, final protocols will be expanded to include search strategies and included and excluded articles. In May, the DGAC draft report meeting was scheduled, but this has also been moved to June. The date for the meeting will be announced on the DGA webpage. The public can also sign up for email alerts regarding the DGA process. Registration for the meeting will be released in May, along with drafts of the conclusion statements.

The ongoing public comment period, beginning March 2019, also received a month extension, and will now close June 1, 2020. When USDA and HHS post the Committee’s completed scientific advisory report, expected in July, a new period for public comments to the Departments will open. Topics and questions that are being reviewed by the committee and materials from past public meetings are available to the public.