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US: Senators fight to keep and blocks USDA bid to limit potatoes in school

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate blocked the bill from the Obama administration to limit the presence of French fries in school cafeterias on Tuesday.

The proposal of the Federal Department of Agriculture was to reduce by two weeks the number of meals including potatoes and other starchy vegetables in schools.

The Senate adopted an amendment by Republican Senator Susan Collins who will take steps to prevent the Department of Agriculture to impose a limit on the amount of potatoes served in schools. Ms. Collins is Maine, a state whose farmers produce this vegetable.

Those are the voices of the potato growers say the supporters of the bill should focus on the cooking of the vegetable rather than the potato itself, which is a source of fiber and potassium. The Department of Agriculture argued that children already consume enough potatoes and should have a more diverse diet.

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