TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Florida recently enacted new vending machine labeling requirements. All food and beverage vending machines must carry the new labels, effective July 1, 2010.
According to National Automatic Merchandising Association senior vice-president of government affairs Ned Monroe, the change will protect vending operators from unscrupulous individuals who were stealing business and tax information from current vending machine labels.
There is no fiscal effect on the industry from the changes to Florida's HB 7157, Monroe explained, "but complying will assist in protecting your corporate identity and tax information."
The change addresses the wording of the mandatory notice posted on all food and beverage vending machines in Florida. This notice now requires operators to replace the current label, removing all personal information -- name and address, Federal Employer Identification Number -- and using, instead, this wording:
FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES
THIS NOTICE TO BE POSTED
ON ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE VENDING MACHINES.
Report any machine without a notice to (800) 352-9273. You may be eligible for a cash reward.
DO NOT USE THIS NUMBER
TO REPORT PROBLEMS
WITH THE VENDING MACHINE
SUCH AS LOST MONEY
OR OUT-OF-DATE PRODUCTS.
This notice must be displayed on the upper front of a vending machine so it is easily read by the public, unless the placement impairs the use of the machine. The notice must be attached to the machine so it is not easily removed. A penalty of $250 can still be imposed on the operator for each vending machine without the notice.
More information is available at myflorida.com/dor or from the state's Taxpayer Services, tel. (800) 352-3671 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Operators also may direct questions to NAMA senior manager, government affairs Mary Lou Monaghan by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.