Thread: Ok, WTF is wrong with this?
06-16-2004, 08:51 PM #1
Ok, WTF is wrong with this?
Could the "Fast food" culture have gone too far in the US???
Feds classify french fries as fresh veggies
By Andrew Martin
Posted June 15 2004
WASHINGTON · Anyone trying to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet may have just gotten an unlikely assist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based on a little-noticed change to obscure federal rules, the USDA defines frozen french fries as "fresh vegetables."
As bizarre as it may sound, a federal judge in Texas last week endorsed the USDA's rules in a court case, saying the term "fresh vegetables" was ambiguous.
The USDA quietly changed the regulations last year at the behest of the french fry industry, which has spent the past five decades pushing for a revision to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The law was passed by Congress in 1930 to protect fruit and vegetable farmers in the event that their customers went out of business without paying for their produce.
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."
Tim Elliott, a Chicago attorney who recently challenged the revision in a Texas federal courtroom on behalf of a bankrupt food distributor, said defining french fries as fresh vegetables defies common sense.
"I find it pretty outrageous, really," said Elliott, who argues that the Batter-Coating Rule is so vague that chocolate-covered cherries, packed in a candy box, would qualify as fresh fruit. However, in a ruling released last week, U.S. District Judge Richard Schell sided with the USDA.
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.
06-16-2004, 09:07 PM #2
thats mighty crazy, somewhere there is a fat kid ordering some "fresh vegatable"
06-16-2004, 09:46 PM #3
06-16-2004, 09:48 PM #4Retired Vet
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06-17-2004, 01:21 AM #5
They are labeled as "veggies" only for commerce purposes, once you start talking about nutrition the fact that it is junk food still holds true.
06-17-2004, 01:38 AM #6
06-17-2004, 06:16 AM #7
So i have been eating my vegtables afterall!
06-17-2004, 12:43 PM #8
Next thing you know Heinz Ketchup will also be "fresh vegetables"
Fried smothered in ketchup will be a double helping of fresh vegetables
Frozen fries classified as fresh vegetables... Can we say "big business has a wee bit too much influence in the government" folks?
06-17-2004, 02:12 PM #9LORDBLiTZ Guest
06-17-2004, 02:27 PM #10AR Hall of Fame
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Stupidity runs rampant in the U.S.............from war to dietary breakdowns.
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