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A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, which administers the federal food stamp program, told Reuters the USDA was not aware of the report.
“The USDA’s Food Stamp Program is administered by the Department for Food and Nutrition.
The Food Stamp Act requires that all foods and food ingredients be certified as safe for human consumption,” the spokesperson said.
The USDA does not provide the total cost of the masks, which include masks and respirators.
It is unclear how many of the estimated 300 million Americans on the food stamp rolls have asthma.
Last year, the National Academy of Sciences said asthma deaths were likely due to lack of medication, not to any particular product.