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FDA Grants Flexibility from Calorie Labeling for Food in Vending Machines During Coronavirus
CHICAGO — April 14, 2020 — Today, NAMA announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted temporary relief from Calorie Disclosure requirements during the current public health emergency. This decision was the result of a letter from Mike Goscinski, NAMA’s Director of Federal and State Affairs, to FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.
In the letter, Goscinski described the challenges facing operators while they work diligently to keep essential locations stocked with the products; sometimes changing daily due to inventory and availability.
The letter states: “NAMA members keep machines and micro markets in hospitals, 911 dispatch centers, police stations, firehouses, truck stops and rest areas stocked with necessary sustenance to keep our essential response teams going at a time when social distancing is not only encouraged, but required to stop the spread of the virus.”
“We applaud FDA on its decision to temporarily relieve operators of the burden to disclose the calorie count of products during this challenging time and appreciate its willingness to work with the industry,” said Goscinski.
For further information, visit NAMA’s Coronavirus Resource page.
NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.