FDA Proposes to Revise Certain Requirements for Calorie Labeling on Glass-Front Vending Machines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to revise the front of pack (FOP) type size labeling requirement for packaged foods sold in glass-front vending machines. The proposed change would apply only to calorie declarations on the front of packages that consumers can view through the glass before deciding which foods to purchase. Some industry representatives voiced concerns that the current requirements for type size, established in the FDA’s 2014 final rule on calorie labeling for foods sold from vending machines, would make the calorie labeling size fluctuate widely and created technical challenges that could make it difficult to comply with the regulation. The FDA has proposed a requirement that would make the type size more consistent on food packages while still ensuring that consumers can read the information before making their purchase.