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Rep Says Ban Steak, Seafood Purchases With SNAP

A Missouri Republican state lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would prevent those receiving food stamps from purchasing certain foods.

Rep. Rick Brattin is sponsoring a bill that would ban the purchase with food stamps of cookies, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.

“The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original intent, which is nutrition assistance,” Brattin said. Curbing food stamp purchases of cookies, chips, soft drinks and energy drinks falls in line with the food stamp program’s mission to provide nutrition.But seafood and steak is actually healthy.Fish contains proteins, vitamins and nutrients that are essential to a healthy diet and body function. Steak is such a broad category that the ban would prevent food stamp recipients from buying any flat cut beef.

Experts are already discussing the possibility of removing unhealthy items from the list of foods participants can buy.

“It just seems really repressive,” Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University told The Washington Post. “I don’t see how it makes any sense to ban some of these food. Fish is something that should really be in your diet. And steak, what does that mean in this context?”

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