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IOM recommends white potatoes in WIC program

The National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that the USDA allow white potatoes be an eligible vegetable in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             At the request of the USDA the IOM is undertaking a comprehensive review of the food packages used in the WIC program.             In the first of three reports, the IOM committee evaluated the 2009 regulation that excluded white potatoes from…  » Read more

Congress approves white potatoes for WIC program

Through the combined legislative efforts of Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), white potatoes are now included in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             John Keeling, National Potato Council (NPC) executive vice president and CEO, said that Sen. Collins and Sen. Udall were responsible for the provision in the Senate legislation and Rep. Simpson was responsible for the provision in the…  » Read more

Fresh potatoes in WIC clears one hurdle

The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill with language that would include fresh potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The committee approved the Fiscal Year 2015 House Agriculture Appropriations bill by a vote of 31-18. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.

Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members of the potato industry to write their representatives and senators to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes.             To send a message to Congress go to this NPC website.