The Agriculture Department, advised by the Institute of Medicine, wants to prevent participants in the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from buying white potatoes. They say they are concerned that the women will turn the potatoes into dangerous French fries, frying or baking them in fats and oils and jeopardizing the health of children across America. In 2009, the Department allowed the women to buy fruits and vegetables with their vouchers but no white potatoes.
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