FMI Participates in Oral Comments to USDA and HHS on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Aug 11, 2020 ARLINGTON, VA – FMI – The Food Industry Association today participated in a virtual, public meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. FMI Director of Health and Well-being, Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN, offered, in part, the following comments: “FMI recognizes the key role of the Dietary Guidelines in federal nutrition policy, nutrition standards, and educational programs. Effective and achievable dietary guidance must be both science-based and practical for Americans in order to have a positive impact on public health. The food industry works tirelessly to deliver a consumer marketplace full of healthy, accessible, nourishing food choices along with information to support healthful eating patterns for all consumers, including SNAP and WIC shoppers.” Register continued: “As more Americans look to stay healthy and well, variety and choice provided by retailers, along with education and encouragement by dietitians and health professionals can lead to gradual adoption of healthy eating habits more closely aligned with the Dietary Guidelines to improve public health, particularly if recommendations are clearly grounded in science and practical for consumers to accept. “Our members and valued partners are committed to providing easy, affordable, and nutritious choices and meal solutions to help families stay strong for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner where they live, learn, work, play and gather.” To read a full transcript of Krystal Register’s oral comments click here. To hear a recording of today’s public meeting, visit the Dietary Guidelines for Americans landing page here. FMI will submit written comments by the Aug. 13 deadline.