Greenaway said according to the amendment, no appropriation bill funds could be used to exclude or restrict eligibility of fresh, whole or cut vegetables, except for those with added sugar, fats or oils, from being in WIC.
“It’s a tremendous overreach on the part of Congress,” he said.
In recommendations on the WIC produce vouchers in 2005, the Institutes of Medicine did not include white potatoes because they are the most widely consumed vegetable and participants already consume recommended amounts of them, Greenaway said.
“What the potato industry fails to recognize and what some in the House fail to recognize is that WIC is a supplemental nutrition program,” he said. “We are not offering a full market basket of foods; our job is to provide supplemental nutrition.”