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USDA, HHS release updated dietary guidelines

5/30/2000-The federal government released the fifth edition of "Dietary Guidelines for Americans," on Saturday, May 27, 2000. The new guidelines, announced by President Clinton in his weekly radio address, have been improved to be more consumer-friendly, to contain more specific scientific recommendations and to address the need for safe food handling to prevent illness. According to government officials, the new guidelines continue to emphasize balance, moderation and variety in food choices, with a special emphasis on grain products, vegetables and fruits. The guidelines include specific examples of foods that deliver given nutrients, including choices for vegetarians. For a complete copy of the guidelines see www.usda.gov.


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