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Press Release: Congressman Bill Sali says White Potatoes Should Be Included in WIC Program

April 30th, 2008 by Halli

From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Sali says the U.S. Department of Agriculture was wrong to exclude white potatoes from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and he’s asking key Members of Congress to overturn that decision as they write the new Farm Bill.

Sali, in a letter co-signed by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, is asking for the Farm Bill Conference Committee to incorporate wording in the 2008 Farm bill that will ensure that all fresh fruits and vegetables, including white potatoes, are included in the WIC program. The letter is addressed to House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson and Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte.

“By excluding only white potatoes from the WIC program, this rule will create confusion on the part of participants, which may drive these individuals to other, less-healthy options. Moreover, it will also create administrative burdens for participating grocers and vendors,” the congressmen write. “The exclusion adds an unnecessary logistical complexity for all who use the WIC program – participants, grocers and vendors.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published an interim rule that excluded white potatoes from the program. The WIC program is supposed to assist low-income and nutritionally at-risk pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants and children.

The potato is an inexpensive fresh vegetable that requires no refrigeration and contains high amounts of many nutrients, Sali and Simpson say in their letter.

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Posted in Congressman Bill Sali, Family Matters, Politics in General | 1 Comment »

One Response

  1. Binkyboy Says:

    But only because they are white. If they were Mexican potatoes, well that would be a different story!

    Just think what would happen if WIC allowed Mexican potatoes. Do you know how much illegal Mexican potatoes flow into America every year and many of them end up in Idaho. Mexican potatoes encourage people to consume more Mexican potatoes, and we just can’t have that.

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