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Something Fishy at the USDA

Every five years, the federal government undertakes one of the most contentious projects imaginable when it revises the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the primary source of nutrition advice in the U.S.

Unfortunately, the process is usually hijacked by the meat, dairy, sugar, and other junk-food industries, which exert tremendous influence over the federal government. This time around, the fish industry is getting into the act. Despite overwhelming evidence that many fish now contain unsafe levels of mercury and other neurotoxins—as well as unhealthful levels of fat and animal protein—the committee revising the guidelines is seriously considering adding fish to the list of recommended foods.

A major stakeholder in the revision process, PCRM is working hard to persuade the committee that the guidelines should not include fish, or any other animal products. Read more about PCRM’s position and send a letter with your own recommendations.



 

PCRM Online, July 2004

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