17 Nov '11, 1am

Eat that up, it's good for you: US lawmakers say pizza sauce counts as a vegetable

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Never mind the obesity crisis: United States lawmakers prodded by the frozen food industry have moved to protect schools' ability to count pizza sauce as a vegetable in lunches for students. In an annual spending bill covering the US Department of Agriculture, which has oversight over subsidised school meals, a joint House-Senate panel voted to prevent the agency from restricting pizza, fries, and starchy vegetables. A Republican summary of the legislation, which was unveiled on Monday and may be approved this week, cheered the defeat of 'overly burdensome and costly regulations' and hailed 'greater flexibility for local school districts.' And the American Frozen Food Institute industry lobby hailed the measure, which it said 'recognises the significant amounts of potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C provided by tomato paste and ensures that students ma...

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