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Vending Machines and Menus Will Be Getting a Makeover

The health care reform legislation was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Obama. Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will change the way menu boards, vending machines and menus look.

Part of this act requires food service establishments with 20 or more locations to list calorie content for standard menu items. Other nutritional information will need to be available upon request.

Vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines will also need to disclose calorie content for certain items.

The FDA wants to hear from you. The deadline for proposed regulations is March 23, 2011 and the FDA wants to know how you think the labeling requirements should be implemented.

To share your opinion visit the FDA website and follow the instructions. It’s simple and in just a few steps your opinion will be heard.

Does menu labeling help or hurt restaurants?

California and New York are among states pushing for legislation that would require restaurants to provide nutritional information on their menus. The law in New York City went into effect this year, after the National Restaurant Association unsuccessfully challenged it in a lawsuit.

The argument is that when consumers are better informed, they’ll make wiser decisions about what they eat? What do you think? Would menu labeling help or hurt your business? What would the cost of implementation be?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!