separating Fact from fiction in the wic/potato debate
Since USDA proposed its rule to allow all fresh fruits and vegetables – except white potatoes – to be included in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the U.S. potato industry has worked to educate federal decision makers about the benefits of also allowing nutritious potatoes into the program.
Some people point to a 2005 report by the Institute of Medicine, which used now-obsolete nutritional recommendations and outdated consumption data from the mid-1990s to justify excluding potatoes from the program. U.S. potato growers believe that USDA should base its nutritional policies on today’s science and the most up-to-date consumption data.
Potatoes contain high amounts of potassium and dietary fiber – two vital nutrients that are under-consumed by WIC-participating mothers and their children – and, at $0.19 per serving, help participants stretch their WIC vouchers. Since WIC participants are not meeting their recommended intake levels of starchy vegetables, as identified in USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adding potatoes to the program will help eliminate that consumption gap.
Given that WIC vouchers can be used to purchase potatoes at farmers markets but not at grocery stores, removing the ban on the purchase of fresh white potatoes in grocery stores adds consistency to the program and eliminates confusion.
stand up for potatoes at the 2015 NPC potato d.c. fly-in
Registration is now open for the 2015 NPC Potato D.C. Fly-In, held Feb. 23-26 in Washington, D.C. Join with your fellow growers and industry partners to make a difference on issues impacting the potato industry. Speaking with one voice, you will be a powerful advocate for your industry.
POTATO FOOD SAFETY GUIDELINES RELEASED
The Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes is available for industry members to help ensure the continued safety of U.S.-grown potatoes.
This document offers food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. It also serves as a basic guideline to harmonize all existing food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.
potato expo 2015 - registration is now open
POTATO EXPO 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek
January, 7-9, 2015
Register Today for POTATO EXPO 2015!
Registration is now open for POTATO EXPO 2015, January 7-9, in Orlando, Florida. Visit www.potato-expo.com for information on the speakers, special events, networking opportunities, and cutting-edge trade show. Register today and experience the electricity of POTATO EXPO 2015!
Sign up Today for the 2015 NPC Annual Meeting
Immediately following POTATO EXPO 2015, the 2015 NPC Annual Meeting, held January 9-10, is your opportunity to impact the laws and regulations coming out of Washington, D.C., by banding together with other growers and industry leaders to create unified industry positions on vital public policy issues. Receive a $40 discount on your Annual Meeting registration if you attend POTATO EXPO with special code "PE15DSCT."