Numerous federal agencies have roles in promoting healthy eating. Agencies work to reduce diet-related chronic health conditions, administer food safety laws, and help people get food. Ineffective coordination among these federal agencies can lead to overlapping and duplicative efforts and other problems.
We've summarized some of our work on federal diet, food safety, and food security efforts. This work points to a need for government-wide strategies to strengthen coordination among agencies.
Each year, millions of people in the U.S. die from diet-related chronic health conditions, get sick from foodborne illnesses, or go hungry. We have recommended a government-wide approach to addressing these widespread and often preventable food-related challenges.
For more information, contact Steve Morris at (202) 512-3841 or MorrisS@gao.gov.