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GOP lawmaker blames new USDA school snack regs for 'death' of the tater tot

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new school snack rules are designed to replace foods of little nutritional value with low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. But not everyone is enthused.

Rep. Lee Terry, Nebraska Republican, tweeted: “RIP tater tot. Thanks to @USDA.”

His account also said “Gatorade and sugary drinks and chips banned in schools by @USDA. #nannystate.”

Meanwhile the initiative, announced Thursday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is winning praise from fitness champions like first lady Michelle Obama.

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids,” Mrs. Obama said. “Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy.”

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