Last Updated: December 2, 2014
Topic: Vending Labeling
The Food and Drug Administration released the final rule on vending labeling that mandates calorie labeling for foods sold in vending machines where operators have more than 20 machines. Calorie labeling for foods sold in vending machines was required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Vending machine operators have until December 1, 2016, to comply with this rule.
NCA supports the availability of calorie information for consumer education. NCA submitted comments to FDA asking the agency for flexibility in how calories are declared on products in the vending machines. FDA determined that foods displaying a front-of-package icon will be in compliance with this rule. However, the agency's formatting requirements for the FOP icon are inconsistent with the voluntary FOP systems used by many food and confectionery manufacturers, such as Facts Up Front and Treat Right. Additionally, the FOP information must include calorie information for the entire package, not just per serving. As an alternative, vending machine operators can post calorie information near the food or selection button.