Don't mistake vending machine operators for big business, says this comment on the proposed rule regarding disclosure of nutrient content information/calories for operators of more than 20 machines. Could the nutrition labeling requirement lead to more fruits and veggies/healthy food in vending machines? Association says they already offer healthier options. Plus, want what they want and this regulation may bump up the cost of Butterfingers - and cost jobs. Solution? Allow one menu book for an entire bank of vending machines.
My view is that if you allow that, why have the reg in the first place?
National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) - Comment
This is comment on PROPOSED RULE: Disclosure of Nutrient Content Information for Standard Menu Items Offered for Sale at Chain Restaurants, etc.
Serving the Vending, Coffee Service and Foodservice Management Industries
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
[Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0298]
Disclosure of Nutrient Content Information for Standard Menu
Items Offered for Sale at Chain Restaurants or Similar Retail Food
Establishments and for Articles of Food Sold From Vending Machines
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
ACTION: Notice; establishment of docket; request for comments, data,
[Federal Register: July 7, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 129)]
[Notices] [Page 39026-39028]
The National Automatic Merchandising Association
The National Automatic Merchandising Association. www.vending.org
September 7, 2010
The Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
The Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852.
We appreciate the opportunity to offer comments on the FDA upcoming rule related to calorie disclosure in vending. The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) offers the following comments regarding the implementation of section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which requires vending machine operators that own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose nutrient content information for certain articles of food sold from vending machines.
Statement of Interest:
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is the national trade association representing vending machine, coffee service and food service industries. NAMA has approximately 2,400 members who operate vending machines, sell or manufacture equipment, and distribute or manufacture food and beverage items for sale through vending machines and related outlets. The basic mission of the association, to collectively advance and promote the automatic merchandising and coffee service industries, still guides NAMA today as it did in 1936, the year of the organization?s founding.