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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies approved legislation this week that would require USDA to limit the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans to matters of diet and nutrition.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) recommendations issued earlier this year took into account the sustainability of food choices, an aspect meat industry groups have argued should not be a factor in guidelines that were meant to focus on health and nutrition.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, said the bill “reins in regulatory overreach by the Obama administration by limiting the scope of the dietary guidelines and delaying the implementation of overly broad menu labeling rules.”

Last month, the House subcommittee approved similar legislation.

The appropriations bill would mandate that scientific evidence only be included if it is considered “Grade 1: Strong” by the Nutrition Evidence Library’s grading system and would require USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to release draft guidelines for a public comment period of no less than 90 days, followed by an agency review period of at least 60 days.

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