USDA Revises Food Stamp Rules

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USDA Revises Food Stamp Rules


The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps, has issued new restrictions on retailers participating in the program. Stores are ineligible if they make more than half their revenue from foods heated in-store for immediate consumption. Stores must stock seven varieties of products, three of them perishable, in four categories: meat, bread, dairy and produce. In addition, foods like ice cream, cakes and some salty snacks cannot be counted as staples required to be stocked under the program.

While the new rules are more restrictive, they fell short of what some food activists wanted. For example, an earlier draft of the rules set the threshold for prepared foods at 15 percent of total revenue instead of 50 percent.