Pennsylvania food producers praise new dietary guidelines

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says if Americans want to eat healthy, they need to cut down on sugar and limit their

salt.

The USDA released its updated list of dietary guidelines this week.

“We were very pleased with the final decisions of the guidelines,” Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding told ABC 27 News.

Redding is thrilled because meat essentially got a pass.

It was thought the revamped guidelines would include suggestions for cutting back on red and processed meats, which is not good news for Pennsylvania.

“If you’re an animal agriculture state like Pennsylvania, that’s all your poultry, dairy,” Redding said. “That’s all your beef industry, that’s all your pork industry. So, it was going to have a significant impact.”

Instead, federal officials have said lean meat and poultry are still components of a healthy diet.

“It’ll keep the producers in business,” said Jana Malot, president of the Pennsylvania Livestock Association. “It’ll keep us raising livestock. It will keep our businesses thriving.”

Vegetable growers also rejoicing because the guidelines suggest every eats more fruits and veggies.

“What farmers produce and what consumers eat means a lot in Pennsylvania,” Redding said. “This is our business.”

You can see a copy of the new guidelines by clicking here.

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