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Proposed Texas bill would ban food stamp use on soda, candy, other 'junk food'

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Proposed Texas bill would ban food stamp use on soda, candy, other 'junk food'. (Photos: MGN)

A proposed bill in Texas would ban food stamp recipients from using their government benefits on things considered to be "junk food."

That includes energy drinks or any beverage, except coffee, containing 65 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces, according to the bill.

The bill also bans food stamp use on sweetened soda, candy, potato chips, corn chips, and cookies.

The bill would ban the use of food stamps for the following items:

  • Energy drinks
  • Sweetened beverages (soda)
  • Candy
  • Potato or corn chips
  • Cookies

The prohibition does not apply to any milk products (unless they are labeled as energy drinks), fruit juices, and infant formula.

You can read the entire bill and what it would be prohibited.

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