There They Go Again

Shades of the Reagan administration.

Although the White House has promoted fresh vegetables as a part of healthy diet,

last year the Department of Agriculture classified frozen French Fries as a fresh vegetable.,0,202707.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

The USDA agreed and, on June 2, 2003, the agency amended its PACA rules to include what is described in court documents as the “Batter-Coating Rule.”

The french fry rule calls to mind the USDA’s attempt in 1981 to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables, an idea that was dropped amid public protests.

Hey ketchup and french fries go together. The combination is just like a salad.

This item appeared in the Jun 15 Progress Report at The Center For American Progress Web Site.

13 thoughts on “There They Go Again

  1. This just shows me that instead of suing McDonalds for making you fat you should be suing the U.S. Government for dumbass classifications that promote junk food as healthy food.

    Friggin’ idiots.

  2. Oh for crying out loud!

    Next they will say that a Big Mac is the same as a T-Bone steak dinner with all the trimmings!

  3. Oh, for fuck’s sake. The raw product (potato) isn’t even a vegetable, it’s a TUBER. And tomatoes are fruit, so I guess this is par for the course.

  4. This from a government that purports that God does not equate to religion.  Fuzzy logic prevails.  Took me eight Krispy Cremes and two bowls of Fruit Loops to get my recommend USDA vitamins this morning.  Lunch could very well kill me.

    At this rate, Stupid Evil Bastard may be classified as a Conservative Christian blog.

  5. See, I told my doctor I was eating more vegetables! 

    Makes me want to roll my fat ass down to the USDA and give them a big pat on the back.  You skinny bastards can kiss my ass; we fatties need all the emotional support we can get, and if that means changing the definition of fresh vegetable to include my McFries, then so be it.

    Here’s a picture of the head of the USDA, talking to some schoolkids about this very important issue.  You should all give him a break today.

    Click Here

  6. Mmmmmmm, french fries… (drooling Homer Simpson style)

    At this rate, Stupid Evil Bastard may be classified as a Conservative Christian blog.

    Snort! wiping diet coke off face…  LOL

    The department of agriculture has no business even publishing on dietary health. (conflict of interest)  This goes on the ever-growing “reasons not to trust the authorities” pile.  Sheesh.

  7. fat-bastard.jpg
    “We have also decided to list fried mozzarella sticks in the dairy category.”

  8. gulp Skippy, why do I feel like I have met the head of the USDA someplace before?  I can’t stand these Lipitor moments derailing my train of thought!

    My word is built

  9. Well,
    I’d eat the vegetables,
    but all thos sick people have been coughing over them in supemarkets

    P.S God doesnt exist,
    and grown ups ought to be ashamed of themselves for believing in fairy tales.

  10. Apparently the Chinese are taking proactive steps to discourage this type of behaviour.  It seems that if children sneak frozen foods their homework will be tripled. 

    Frozen Food Monsters

    Courtesy of Dave Barry’s Blog. Dave Barry

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