Vending machine calorie label mandate

by Walter Olson on January 4, 2014

It’s coming as part of ObamaCare (earlier here and here) and it might wind up restricting consumer choice [AP]:

The rules will apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. Nearly three quarters of those companies have three or fewer employees, and their profit margin is extremely low, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. …

Some companies may use electronic displays to post calorie counts while others may opt for signs stuck to the machines.

Carol Brennan, who owns Brennan Food Vending Services in Londonderry, [N.H.,] said she doesn’t yet know how she will handle the regulations, but she doesn’t like them. She has five employees servicing hundreds of machines and says she’ll be forced to limit the items offered so her employees don’t spend too much time updating the calorie counts.

David Boaz comments:

In my experience, vending machines shuffle their offerings fairly frequently. If the machine operators have to change the calorie information displayed every time they swap potato chips for corn chips, then $2,200 [per operator per year] seems like a conservative estimate of costs. But then, as Hillary Clinton said when it was suggested that her own health care plan would bankrupt small businesses, “I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America.”

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1 Stephen Macklin 01.04.14 at 9:55 am

“It’s coming as part of ObamaCare (earlier here and here) and it might wind up restricting is designed to restrict consumer choice [AP]:”

Fixed it for you.

2 Ron Miller 01.06.14 at 2:12 pm

She said this 15 years ago. She has made, by my rough estimation, a 100 zillion public comments in the last 20 some years in the national spotlight. I don’t think she would stand by this comment now.

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