Salt Institute Letter to USDA and HHS on Dietary Guidelines

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October, 2011

The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

Re: Requests for Withdrawal of Sodium Dietary Guideline Provisions, Transparent Rulemaking and Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Sebelius:

As demonstrated below, the provisions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (“2010 Dietary Guidelines”) related to sodium (“sodium provisions”), violate the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, 7 U.S.C. §5301, et seq. As a result, we respectfully request the withdrawal of the sodium provisions, and the initiation of an open and transparent rulemaking procedure, with public hearings, to establish sodium provisions supported by current and reliable scientific and medical evidence.

In addition, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), we request that you provide us and the public with all of the documents related to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the sodium provisions, and of the proposed National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Rules related to sodium, as the term “documents” is defined by the Federal Rules of Evidence, including but not limited to the documents related to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and its formation. We will pay the appropriate charges for responding to this FOIA request, but ask that you contact us in advance should the charges be estimated to exceed $5,000.00. We note that we would consider the placement of all of these documents on the Departments’ web site, in an indexed and searchable manner, to be in compliance with this request and with the President’s Executive Order mandating transparency in agency proceedings.

Full letter here:
Salt Institute USDA HHS letter October 2011

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