The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) scientific report was issued yesterday, and industry is not happy.
We were glad to see the report (FYI: this report is not to be confused with the actual guidelines, which are still roughly a year away) touch on added sugar labeling, soda taxes, the environmental impact of food, and the need for a ten-percent-of-total-calories daily limit on added sugar.
The food industry is already stomping its feet and throwing a mini tantrum.
This enlightening read from the Union of Concerned Scientists touches on how industry front groups are “striving to influence agency rulemaking by casting doubt on the mounting scientific evidence linking added sugar to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and, yes, even tooth decay.”
- “Members of the DGAC are distinguished scientists and have done their work with a very systematic, comprehensive and evidence-based approach. However, by creating the illusion of uncertainty, food industry comments to the DGAC attempt to discredit the committee’s scientific authority in order to undermine its recommendation to label and limit added sugar.”
- “Another common tactic of sugar interests—when the only studies they can find unambiguously refute their own assertions—is to deploy their own scientists to dispute mainstream science and repeat industry talking points.”
- “In another letter to the DGAC, the Grocery Manufacturers Association chides the committee for an incomplete review of the available science and proffers a list of scientists with whom the committee should consult.All five scientists named have food industry conflicts of interest on sugar.”