Senator Collins and Colorado senator take on USDA over spud snub

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Senator Susan Collins of Maine successfully battled to retain potatoes' place in school lunches. Now she's fighting again on behalf of the humble spud.

Collins and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado strongly objected Friday to a decision by the Obama Administration to exclude white potatoes from the Women, Infants and Children program.

Collins accused the U.S. Department of Agriculture of ignoring nutritional facts and food science. She said potatoes are "cholesterol-free, fat-free, and sodium-free, and can be served in countless healthy ways." Udall said the USDA shouldn't "take any fresh, healthy options" off the table.

The WIC program is designed to provide supplemental foods to meet the nutritional needs of low-income pregnant and breast-feeding women, and infants and children up to 5 years old who are at nutritional risk.

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