The debate over fats in the American diet has entered a critical phase for members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, who barely have two months to finish their draft report and send it to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who make the final decisions on what’s in and what’s out.
Mindy Brashears has finally been confirmed as USDA’s undersecretary for food safety after first being nominated two years ago. We also give you an update on individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Federal agencies are cutting travel and preparing to operate with staff disruptions because of the coronavirus outbreak, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signaled that he’s open to expanding feeding programs if Congress gives him the legal authority.
A meeting of the government’s dietary guidelines advisers has been moved online and schools are being offered flexibility in feeding low-income kids as the Agriculture Department tries to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who insists he’s optimistic about a farm economy rebound this year, faces a pair of congressional hearings this week where he is certain to face further grilling about trade prospects and future of the Market Facilitation Program.