The U.S.A. has said a new GM potato is OK to eat, but McDonald's will not use it for French fries or hash browns. A potato company said it changed the DNA of potatoes to make them better. The new potato has less sugar and fewer things that can give people cancer. It also said the potatoes are stronger. It said people would buy the new potato in supermarkets. McDonald's said: "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our [sources]." The company did not say what it thought of McDonald's decision.
French fries are one of the most popular foods in the world, especially in fast food restaurants. The expression ‘French Fried Potatoes’ was first used in a cookery book in 1856. In the early 20th century, 'French fried' was used to mean 'deep-fried'. People say French fries come from Belgium and not France. Both countries say they were the first country to cook French fries. Belgians say the word 'French fries' is used because France has an image for good food. Some people think the term 'French' was used when U.S. soldiers went to Europe during World War I.