They also say decisions will be based on the best science available, not less respected tests put forward by special interest organizations.
The process of writing a new Canada Food Guide has been fraught in the past by intense lobbying, including farm commodity associations both promoting and defending inclusion of their products.
The beef, pork, egg and milk associations have been on the defensive. The fresh fruits and vegetables associations have been gaining ground because they have had strong support from nutritionists and health advocates.
Health Canada said it will no longer be meeting privately with lobbying associations and commodity organizations.
What they have to say to the Food Guide writers will be said in public.