USDA wants SNAP retailers to stock better foods

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing for stricter rules that require stores redeeming food stamps to stock healthier foods, including more meats and vegetables.

The proposed rules are to ensure that those who are on food stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, have better access to healthy foods.

Erik Engquist of Crain's New York Business says it's good thing for consumers.

This could hurt local bodegas and convenience stores. They would have to add dozens of items to their shelves in order to comply with the new regulations.

Under current rules, SNAP retailers must stock at least three choices of foods in each of four food groups: fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats. But the USDA wants them to have more than double the amount by requiring at least six of each item on shelves.

Both the House and Senate committees have held hearings and will vote on the proposal in the next few days.