• USDA And HHS Announce 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • February 14, 2011 | Authors: Miriam J. Guggenheim; Peter Barton Hutt; Eugene I. Lambert
  • Law Firm: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • On January 31, 2011, the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius jointly announced the release at a 45-minute press conference at the George Washington University that included questions from the audience. The Guidelines are “being released at a time of rising concern about the health of the American population” as “Americans are experiencing an epidemic of overweight and obesity.” As Secretary Sebelius stated, there is a high cost of obesity, and the Guidelines will assist America in being a more healthy, competitive, and productive country. In addition, Secretaries Vilsack and Sebelius discussed plans to make food and nutrition information more accessible to Americans. Secretary Sebelius noted that HHS is working on front-of-package (FOP) labeling to make nutrition information more accessible. Secretary Vilsack discussed the development of an experimental program to provide discounts on fruits and vegetables to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.