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Supplement Industry Capitol Hill Allies Try Again To Add Multivitamins To SNAP

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House and Senate bills would amend regulations for USDA program "to make certain multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements eligible for purchase with supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits." Trade groups, other industry stakeholders and public health advocacy groups have lobbied Congress for more than a decade to make multivitamins eligible for SNAP purchases.

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