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Spray Cheese Would Count as Staple Under Trump Food Stamp Rule

  • Agriculture Department seeks more flexibility for retailers
  • Nutrition advocate says move sacrifices access to healthy food
A shopping cart sits in an aisle at an Aldi Stores Ltd. food market in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Lidl is aiming to become a disruptor in the U.S. much as it has been in Europe.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Canned spray cheese, beef jerky and pimiento-stuffed olives would count as staple foods under a proposed Trump administration rule for the federal food stamp program.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says retailers would save money under the revised minimum stocking requirements for staple foods. But the nutrition advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest criticized the proposal Wednesday, saying it would harm low-income families’ access to healthy foods.