From Vending Times
FDA Submits Final Vending Calorie-Disclosure Rules To White House Emily Jed –
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has forwarded its final rules regarding calorie labeling for vending machines to the White House Office of Management and Budget. With the final version in hand, it is expected that the White House and the OMB will initiate a 90-day review process before they will begin the formal issuance and implementation process of the final rules, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The content of the final rules and the date of publication are not known at this time. NAMA senior vice-president of government affairs Eric Dell said the vending association still anticipates, as previously projected, that calorie-disclosure rules for vending machines will be released by the FDA — along with the final regulations for restaurant menu labeling — by the end of 2014. The regulations, long anticipated by the industry, are included in President Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The FDA issued the proposed nutrition labeling guidelines in 2011 and planned to have final rules in place by the end of that year. But it has extended that target several times, most recently aiming for September 2013.