October 25, 2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a final rule to revise the type size requirements for calorie labeling on packaged foods sold in glass-front vending machines. The changes will reduce the regulatory burden on industry while ensuring that consumers continue to have visible front-of-package (FOP) calorie information as they purchase an item.
The rule issued today finalizes the 2018 proposed rule and requires that the FOP calorie declaration type size be at least 150 percent (one and one-half times) the minimum required size of the net weight declaration on the package of the food item.
FDA previously required that the type size for calorie information be at least 50 percent of the size of the largest printed item on the label for items being sold in glass-front vending machines with FOP labeling to convey calorie information to consumers.
Following publication of a final rule in 2014, which established the previous requirements, some trade associations and food manufacturers indicated that this requirement presented significant technical difficulties to the packaged food industry. In response, FDA issued a proposed rule in July 2018 with alternative approaches for type size requirements.
Vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines, or who voluntarily register with the FDA, are required to declare calories for foods sold from vending machines. Front-of-pack labeling is one way that vending machine operators may comply with the calorie labeling rules.