Luke Melia


June 15, 2004

Fresh Veggies

First our administration wanted french fries labeled “freedom fries.” Now it has declared french fries to be a fresh vegetable.

The Frozen Potato Products Institute appealed to the USDA in 2000 to change its definition of fresh produce under PACA to include batter-coated, frozen french fries, arguing that rolling potato slices in a starch coating, frying them and freezing them is the equivalent of waxing a cucumber or sweetening a strawberry.

Have you no shame, you frozen potato greedmongers?

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