The poor potato (and its growers) has seen some hard times because of the popularity of those low-carb diets. Thank goodness Japan (with an obesity rate of less than 3 percent) has recently lifted its import ban on fresh U.S. potatoes, allowing 14 states to export the tubers. Japan already is the largest U.S. export market for frozen potatoes. Japan banned fresh potato imports in 1950 due to concerns about plant diseases and pests. The decision to lift the ban follows a notice from the United States that it has eliminated the potato wart bacteria and has contained the cyst nematode to a limited area. Washington, Idaho and Oregon produce an estimated 60 percent of the nation's potato crop.
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|Date:||May 1, 2006|
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