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Senate Blocks Obama Administration Limit on Potatoes in School Lunches

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 05:44 PM

WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted to block an Obama administration proposal that would limit potatoes in school lunches.

The Agriculture Department proposal is aimed at reducing the amount of french fries on school lunch lines. It would limit schools to two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

The Senate voted Tuesday to accept an amendment by Republican Sen. Susan Collins that would block USDA from putting any limits on serving potatoes or other vegetables in school lunches. Collins is from Maine, a potato-growing state.

Potato advocates say critics should focus on the preparation of potatoes, which can be a source of fiber and potassium. Health advocates and government officials say children get enough potatoes already and should have more diversity in their diets.

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