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Vending Machine Industry: Compliance Time For Calorie Disclosure Requirement Is “Absurd”

November 8, 2010: 03:33 AM EST

A new report from the FDA has the vending machine industry in a snit. The report estimates that the industry will have to spend 14 million hours a year to keep their seven million machines in compliance with a calorie disclosure law that went into effect in March 2010. The law requires operators with 20 or more locations to place a sign near each food item in a machine disclosing the calorie count. The law applies to chain restaurants with 20 or more locations as well, but their efforts are mostly confined to the set-up phase, while the process is ongoing with vending machines because items are rotated frequently. A spokesman for the vending machine industry called the time needed to comply “absurd” and is “sure to kill jobs.”

Julie Wernau, "Vending industry nuts over calorie requirements", Chicago Tribune, November 08, 2010, © Tribune Newspaper
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