We told you here almost 14 months ago about a provision concerning vending machines that was contained within one of the earlier incarnations of Obamacare. Yes, vending machines are hazardous to your health. But, fortunately for you, this provision of the original Kennedy-Dodd health care bill made it into the final version.
Here’s what we said then:
…in the case of food sold from a vending machine that…is operated by a person who [owns or operates] 20 or more vending machines, the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in close proximity to each article of food…that includes a clear and conspicuous statement disclosing the number of calories in the article.
You can find this section of the proposed legislation beginning at page 404, line 4. So, I’m wondering, with all these clear and conspicuous signs on the outside glass of vending machines, will we even be able to see what’s inside?
We will soon have an answer to that question.
Yesterday, the FDA issued its “Guidance for Industry…Regarding…Vending Machine Labeling Laws”.
The proposed guidelines are preliminary and could change as a result of information received during a 45-day public comment period. The FDA won’t begin enforcing the labeling requirement until the rules are completed some time after the comment period.
As best as I can tell, here is where we stand. The FDA doesn’t have the manpower to police the safety of food items already within it’s jurisdiction (see: last year’s tomato scare and this year’s egg recall), but, under Obamacare, it will now also have to expend its manpower policing calorie labels on vending machines.
This is a government run amok. The motto seems to be “if it’s moving regulate it, and if it isn’t moving regulate it, just incase it does decide to move”.