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USDA Human Nutrition Coordinating Committee

The USDA Human Nutrition Coordinating Committee meets quarterly to share information and is chaired by two national program leaders for human nutrition at the Agricultural Research Service, Molly Kretsch and David Klurfield. In addition to NIFA, other participating USDA agencies include the Agricultural Marketing Service, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Economic Research Service, Food and Nutrition Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the National Agricultural Library, with liaison representatives from HHS's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.

The committee is responsible for coordinating National Nutrition Month activities at USDA in March of each year and oversees two working groups:

  • The Dietary Guidance Working Group, along with its counterpart at HHS, reviews all federally issued dietary guidance materials for the public for consistency with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • The Diet Appraisal Research Working Group is an information-sharing group for federal researchers who collect and analyze dietary survey data.


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