California Committee Approves Bill Mandating 50 Percent Healthy Products On State Property

July 12, 2011

California’s Assembly Committee On Health recently approved a bill that vending operators have opposed that would require that healthy foods account for at least 50 percent of the items stocked in vending machines on state property, according to California Healthline, a news service from the California HealthCare Foundation.

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Editor’s Insight: More state and local governments are enacting stricter nutrition rules, due in part to the news that obesity rates continue to rise.

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes its rules for calorie disclosure in vending machines, vending operators will be able to argue that federal labeling rules exist to help consumers make healthier choices. The federal labeling rules will help prevent state and local rules that make life harder for vending operators. 07-12-11 by Elliot Maras