The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) jointly release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) every 5 years. As part of the process for developing the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines, HHS and USDA convened an independent 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) that was charged with:
- Examining the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Reviewing current scientific evidence on nutrition and health
- Submitting its findings and recommendations to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA in the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Scientific Report)
The Scientific Report, along with consideration of public and federal agency comment, informed revisions to the Dietary Guidelines.
On February 23, 2015, HHS and USDA published a Federal Register Notice [PDF - 180 KB] to request written public comment on the Advisory Report for a period of 45 days (this period was ultimately extended by an additional 30 days [PDF - 176 KB]). During the 75-day public comment period ending May 8, 2015, HHS and USDA received just over 29,000 comments on the Advisory Report. These comments were processed and available for public viewing in their entirety by June 1, 2015.
This online summary provides an overview of the public comment process and the themes of public comments submitted on the Scientific Report.