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National Potato Council applauds new Institute of Medicine recommendation on white potatoes

the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that is the first in a series to evaluate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The report recommended that USDA allow fresh white potatoes to be an eligible vegetable for purchase using the WIC Cash Value Voucher. This change reversed previous IOM recommendations. The National Potato Council applauds the review conducted by the IOM on the role of white potatoes in meeting the nutritional needs of WIC mothers and children. Fresh white potatoes allow WIC participants to affordably add fiber and potassium to their diets and increase the positive value of their vouchers.


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