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The U.S.A. said a new GM potato is OK to eat. McDonald's will not use it for French fries. A potato company said it changed the DNA of potatoes so they have less sugar. They also have fewer things that give people cancer. It said the potatoes are stronger. McDonald's said: "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change [that]." The company did not say anything about McDonald's decision.

French fries are very popular around the world, especially in fast food restaurants. French fried potatoes were in a cookery book in 1856. A little later, 'French fried' meant 'deep-fried'. People say French fries come from Belgium and not France. Belgians say the word 'French fries' is popular because France has an image for good food. Some people think the word 'French' was used after U.S. soldiers went to Europe during World War I.

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