Two tentative regulations were proposed by the FDA regarding caloric labels on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments, and most importantly to us– vending machines. Luckily, they are still tentative and the FDA is open to receiving comments on these proposed policies. The document can be read in full here.
The Regulatory Run-down
Vending operators with more than twenty machines will have to display nutritional information for their products via adjacent signage, unless their packaging prominently displays the nutritional information already. The FDA has tentatively concluded that bulk vending machines without any type of selection button are not covered by the proposed policy, leaving crank operated gumball machines to be unregulated by these rules. Vending machines that do not vend a majority of food items, such as crane vending machines, are also safe from this new regiment of requirements.
By commenting on this proposed piece of legislation, we can band together to save the vending industry from being saddled with yet another bit of inefficiency in an industry that struggles against unstable fuel costs and other inherent problems that can be a death blow to small businesses which are the backbone of the American economy. In these days of engorged government spending, this is but one more example of wasted government funds, and if this passes they are wasting the funds of vending operators everywhere.
To submit your comments to the docket via mail, use the following address:
The Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org