That's the number they say is for trafficking. From your link: They misquoted the USDA report, The Extent of Trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: 20092011 . Here is what the USDA said: There is that ³. It says: Is it an indication that supermarkets might be under-targeted for investigations. There are plenty of chains with stores located where economic lines blend, merge. USDA calls it the "Poverty level of the stores neighborhood." Store violation rates really vary based on poverty levels and urbanization levels. Investigations are focused on the store types in certain locations frequented by customers at certain income levels. The USDA report is interesting read, more complete than the article in the original link. Always go to the source documents. Why do you call it "Faux Outrage?" It points out problems in a system. The problem is being addressed. Do we all agree the efforts are properly focused? Do we agree that the efforts are strong enough? We probably do not.