Senate blocks USDA proposal to limit potato intake in school

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By Lauren Regnier

The Senate blocked the Obama administration's attempt to limit the potato intake in school lunches Wednesday.

The Agricultural Department proposed limiting potatoes and other starchy vegetables to two servings a week in an attempt to reduce the amount of french fries served in schools, reported the Seattle Times.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who grew up harvesting potatoes objected, reported USA Today.

"The fact is that french fries are a problem, but potatoes are not," Collins said. They are a nutritious and cheap way to to feed the student when school budgets are tight, said Collins.

Her colleagues accepted her amendment preventing the USDA from putting limitations on these starchy vegetables, report USA Today.

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