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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011, Posted On: 7/18/2011

CA Senate Committee OKs Vending Nutrition Mandate For State Sites

Tim Sanford
vending, vending machine, California Automatic Vending Council, CAVC, vending machine operator, National Automatic Merchandising Association, California vending machine restrictions, healthy vending, AB 727, better-for-you criteria

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A measure to require that 50% of products offered in vending machines on state property comply with the nutrition standards prescribed by state law has passed out of the Senate Health Committee. It will be heard next by the Appropriations Committee.

The proposal, introduced in the State Assembly by Member Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) as AB 727, would supersede the present rule that 35% of vendible products conform to the nutrition standard. In its original form, it would have imposed the standard on 100% of vended items. If enacted, it will require full compliance by 2016.

The California Automatic Vendors Council opposed the bill in the Health Committee, arguing that the current requirement is adequate and that imposing new restrictions places vending operators at a competitive disadvantage, since cafeterias and other food outlets on state-owned property will be allowed to continue to sell the same snack and beverage items without those restrictions. | SEE STORY

CAVC will continue to oppose this legislation, and encourages all California vending operators to contact their state senators to request that they vote against the bill if it reaches the Senate floor.

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