15 Oct '11, 12pm

Why the USDA Rejected NYC's Food Stamp Soda Ban

Why the USDA Rejected NYC's Food Stamp Soda Ban

The request was made directly to the USDA, the agency which runs the food stamp program, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). After months of deliberation, the USDA rejected the request. Proposed SNAP Ban Too Complex In a letter from the USDA , SNAP Associate Administrator Jessica Shahin stated that "the size and scale of the proposed demonstration is too large and complex." The USDA contends that the program should be tested on a smaller scale first to avoid unforeseen negative consequences. The agency was also concerned about confusion amongst retailers who may be unsure of what was actually banned from the program. Mayor Bloomberg Responds Mayor Bloomberg released a statement outlining his disappointment in the decision: "We're disappointed that the Federal Government didn't agree and sorry that families and children may suffer from their un...

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