KLA Sends Letter Urging USDA, HHS To Consider Health Benefits of Dairy In DGAs

July 20, 2020

KLA sent a letter last week to U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar expressing concerns with the draft 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, specifically the recommendations that seem to ignore the wide body of scientific research regarding the benefits of full-fat dairy products. The proposed guidelines continue the pattern of recommending a reduction in the intake of saturated fats without more specific consideration of the benefits of whole milk, especially for children.  

In the letter, KLA Chief Executive Officer Matt Teagarden stated, “KLA believes the general recommendation against the intake of saturated fats should have, at the very least, a more specialized recommendation noting the health benefits of full-fat dairy products.” He asked that relevant scientific studies be strongly considered to help determine if those benefits warrant a different conclusion, outside of the general recommendation of reduced fat intake.