In response to requests from the vending and the packaged foods industries to reduce regulatory burden and increase flexibility, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revising the existing type size requirements when front of package (FOP) labeling is used to meet the calorie declaration requirements for articles of food sold from glass-front vending machines. This final regulatory impact analysis (RIA) qualitatively discusses the economic impacts of this final rule, including potential costs, cost savings, and benefits.
Because this final rule only requires minor revisions to FOP calorie labeling type size requirements when FOP labeling is used to meet the calorie declaration requirements for articles of food sold from glass-front vending machines, we estimate there are no costs to vending machine operators and potential cost savings to vending machine operators and packaged food manufacturers. We expect the cost savings of this revision to outweigh the costs, with no significant effect on consumer behavior or health.
Regulatory Impact Analysis
Food Labeling; Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food Sold From Certain Vending Machines; Front of Package Type Size (Final Rule) (PDF - 136KB)
Federal Register: 84 FR 57603 October 28, 2019