WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting written comments in advance of the fifth meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee scheduled for Feb. 9-10. The U.S.D.A. said the agenda will allow individual subcommittees to provide updates on progress made within each subcommittee, and it will allow for the continued formulation of plans for finalizing the Committee’s work. Topics to be discussed include nutrient adequacy; energy balance and weight management; carbohydrates and protein; sodium, potassium and water; fatty acids and cholesterol; ethanol; and food safety.

The fifth meeting will be held on-line, via Webinar format. No oral public comment will be allowed during the on-line meeting, but written comments, as well as information on how to sign up for the Webinar, may be submitted by visiting www.DietaryGuidelines.gov.