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USDA dairy guidelines not tolerable: Lawsuit


A trio of doctors are screaming over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily allowance of ice cream, cheese, milk and more.

The USDA’s recently recommended three-a-day allowance of dairy, which causes digestive discomfort for about a quarter of Americans who are lactose-intolerant, is the basis of a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the USDA by three doctors, all begging the question: why so much dairy when so many can’t have it?

As reported in The Washington Post, the lawsuit alleges the three-per-day standard on dairy contradicts current scientific and medical knowledge, harming Americans who are lactose-intolerant. The suit suggests that the USDA is looking out for the interests of the meat and dairy industries rather than the health of Americans.

“The USDA’s conflict of interest is perhaps best illustrated in its statement that ‘most individuals would benefit by increasing intake of dairy,’ even though there is no convincing evidence that this is true,” Donald Forrester, a family practice physician in Sacramento and one of the three doctors who sued along with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization that promotes a plant-based diet, told the newspaper.




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