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The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services today, May 22, made what we all know, official. A potato is a vegetable and not a grain.

The National Potato Council says the USDA was discussing reclassify potatoes as grains as part of its new dietary guidelines. That reclassification would have restricted one of Maine’s biggest exports in school lunches.

Statement from Senator Susan Collins:

The reclassification of potatoes would have sent a false message to the public that the USDA believes that potatoes are not healthy. The fact is, when prepared properly, the potato is a wonderfully nutritious food that is affordable, easy to transport, has a long storage life, and can be used in a wide array of recipes.

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