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February 20, 2015

United States

Washington DC—Good News for Shrimp Eaters


On February 19, 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a nutrition advisory panel that helps shape the country’s official dietary guidelines, has eased its previous restrictions on cholesterol.  The Committee, which convenes every five years, dropped a longstanding recommendation that Americans restrict their intake of dietary cholesterol from foods like eggs and shrimp—a belated acknowledgment of decades of research showing that dietary cholesterol has little or no effect on the blood cholesterol levels of most people.


The advisory committee does not issue official guidelines.  Its report is sent to the USA Department of Health and Human Services and the USA Department of Agriculture, which publish dietary guidelines for Americans every five years.  The agencies usually adhere very closely to the panel’s recommendations.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  As Expected, Nutrition Panel Advises USDA to Drop Restriction on Shrimp for Cholesterol.  Ken Coons (  February 20, 2015.


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