Date: Nov 26, 2014
On November 25, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final regulations implementing nutrition labeling requirements for retail food establishments and vending machines. The regulations implement Section 4205 from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which amended Section 403(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD & C Act), to require that chain restaurants and other similar retail food establishments, as well as vending machines, provide consumers with more nutrition information. Mandatory compliance with the restaurant labeling regulation begins December 1, 2015, while covered operators must comply with the vending machine labeling requirements by December 1, 2016. FDA’s press release regarding these rules and links to each rule are available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm423952.htm.
Labeling Requirements for Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments
Requirements Imposed Under the Rule
Labeling Requirements for Articles of Food Sold in Vending Machines
The final rule, “Food Labeling; Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines”, covers vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines, or who otherwise voluntarily elect to be covered by the rule. Those subject to the rule will be required to provide calorie information for vending machine food for which nutrition information is not visible prior to purchase. Key provisions of the Vending Machine rule are highlighted below.
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