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1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

1995 DG brochure cover

Released in December 1995, the 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans featured recommendations developed and released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). Unlike previous editions, the 1995 edition of the Dietary Guidelines was the first mandated by statute under Public Law 101-445, Section 3 (7 U.S.C. 5341, the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990, Title III), which officially directs the Secretaries of USDA and HHS to issue jointly at least every five years a report entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It remained the Federal guidance until the 2000 Dietary Guidelines was released.

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Advisory Committee Report

To support the development of the 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA and HHS established a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that reviewed the current body of nutrition science at the time, considered public comments, and provided advice to the Departments in its scientific report. The USDA and HHS Secretaries selected 11 nutrition scientists and physicians to serve on the Advisory Committee. The Committee held its first of three public meetings on September 22-23, 1994. The Committee then submitted its report to the Secretaries in June 1995.