2-Jan-14 11:00 AM  CST

New Health Laws Will Require Calorie Info on Vending Machines

Big Brother is watching and this time he is watching your weight - again.  President Obama’s healthcare overhaul will require vending machines to display calorie information on about 5 million machines.  Some critics say listing calorie info will be a waste of time as most individuals know exactly what they are eating and how many calories are in a candy bar or bad of potato chips.  In addition to calories being posted on vending machines, the FDA is also working on final guidelines that would require any restaurant chain with more than 20 locations to post calorie information along with their food selection.  Currently, many fast food restaurants follow the guidelines and many cities already mandate the rules.      

            Vending machine companies are not too happy about having to make changes to their machines.  Carol Brennan, owner of Brennan Food Vending Services located in Londonderry recently commented on the new vending machine guidelines for local and national news media.  “It is outrageous for us to have to do this on all our equipment.  How many people have not read a label on a candy bar?  If you’re concerned about it, you’ve already read it for years,” said Brennan. 

            Do you think the president and government are going too far with trying to get people to count their calories and watch their weight?  Do you think marking vending machines with calorie information will do any good against the battle of the budge?  




1.  NY1 News Reports.  “FDA to Require Calorie Info to be Displayed on Vending Machines.”  NY1 News.  Web.  Date of Access:  2 Jan 2014. 


2.  ABC News/Associated Press Reports.  “Health Law to Put Calorie Info on Vending Machines.”  ABC News.com.  Web.  Date of Access:  2 Jan 2014.   



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