NEW YORK — City and state officials here yesterday asked the USDA to remove sugar-sweetened soft drinks from the list of items that consumers are permitted to buy under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Under the proposal, New York City food stamp recipients would continue to receive the same amount of government-funded benefits, but would not be able to use food stamps to buy sugar-sweetened beverages for two years. The initiative was jointly announced by N.Y. Gov. Paterson ...

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