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8. Raygun had deemed "ketchup" as a "vegetable"
Wed Apr 24, 2024, 03:47 PM
Apr 24
UPI Archives
Sept. 22, 1985
Budget director nominee approved school lunch ketchup plan


WASHINGTON -- President Reagan's nominee for budget director approved a 1981 administration cost-cutting plan to count ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches, documents obtained by United Press International show.

James Miller, currently head of the Federal Trade Commission, was chief of the regulation department at the Office of Management and Budget in 1981.

The proposed school lunch rules, which were withdrawn amid strong opposition, would have allowed the nutritional value of condiments such as pickle relish and ketchup to be counted in fulfilling requirements of a government-subsidized school lunch.

The Food and Nutrition Service of the Agriculture Department wrote the proposed rule. But United Press International has learned that Miller, in his job as OMB's Administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs, gave his personal approval to the proposed school lunch regulations.


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