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PROVIDENCE

Mayors push to limit use of food stamps to buy soda

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The mayor of Providence is among 18 mayors nationwide reviving a push against allowing government food vouchers to be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday, mayors including Angel Taveras said it is ‘‘time to test and evaluate approaches limiting’’ the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages. In New York, the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the letter. The American Beverage Association said sugary drinks should not be singled out as a cause of obesity.

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