The Dietary Guidance Working Group is a group of selected nutrition professionals from USDA who oversees the review of Federal nutrition-related materials, and ensures consistency with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DG), the basis for Federal nutrition policy. Dietary guidance review of Federal nutrition-related documents is important for consistent, accurate messages so that Federal government agencies speak with one voice when it comes to interpreting the DG. This review process is intended as a policy review that allows for creative interpretation of healthy eating and physical activity messages, not as a peer or editorial review.
Since 1986, the Dietary Guidance Working Group has reviewed more than 450 submissions of Federal material containing dietary guidance for the general public produced by USDA and/or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Review of draft nutrition materials by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidance Working Group and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Committee on Dietary Guidance fulfills the legislative mandate, the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (NNMRRA) of 1990, to ensure that Federal dietary guidance is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and is scientifically accurate.