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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013, Posted On: 11/19/2013

FDA Commissioner Says Calorie-Labeling Rules For Vending Machines Are Coming Soon

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending machine menus, vending machine calorie labels, Food and Drug Administration, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, FDA calorie-labeling rules, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, vending machine menu-labeling regulations

WASHINGTON -- Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she expects calorie-labeling rules to be released soon. Hamburg said the process of issuing the regulations, initially due in September, has been more complicated than expected, according to a report by The Hill.

The law, mandated by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires the FDA to require calorie labels at restaurants, vending machines and "similar retail food establishments." Hamburg said at a Nov. 5 event that determining which establishments count as "similar" is the most complicated step, The Hill reported. Retailers, including convenience stores and supermarkets, have lobbied for exemption from the requirements.

The FDA issued its proposed menu-labeling regulations in April 2011 and received more than 900 comments. Hamburg said the agency is in the process of responding to the feedback that it has received. "We're making it through that process, and I think we'll be coming out with final rules soon," Hamburg said.

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