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FDA Requires More Nutrition Information On Vending Machines
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In the new year, you'll see more nutrition information on vending machines. This after new federal guidelines have made it a requirement, but the proposal is getting mixed reactions.
Five million vending machines nationwide. The Food and Drug Administration is requiring vending machine companies to display more nutrition information about the snacks inside beginning in 2014.
Don Plum, Route Sales Manager for Treasure Valley Vending, says, "Behind the glass that you're looking through in a vending machine, you're going to start seeing calorie counts, sodium, sugar content on the front of the packages."
The new regulations will affect more than ten thousand vending machine companies across the nation that operate 20 machines or more. The FDA estimates the new labeling will cost almost $26 million for the first year alone.
Local resident Gene Benavidez says, "Probably the saturated fats, the fat content, the calories. Because most of the foods you find in vending machines are the high calorie intake. They are not necessarily your healthiest foods."
Benavidez explains that being healthy means getting back to basics, which includes eating healthy foods, exercising, and paying attention to the amounts of food you consume.
Plum says, "USDA will give us at least a year, maybe two years, to implement this. But you will probably see it on most vending machines."
But it remains to be seen if vending machine customers will make healthier choices from now on, or just eat what they'd normally eat anyway.
December 31, 2013.