[nfbmi-talk] sure hope it's made accessable

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Thu Jan 2 12:18:53 UTC 2014

No matter what people think of this requirement it is important for we who are blind to require equal access to this information. Bottom line is if information is deemed significant for the sighted world then it is significant for us too. Access is indeed a civil right.

Vending machines to add nutrition data . CONCORD, N.H. - Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new

labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Obama's health-care law. Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million

vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, said officials at the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release

final rules early next year. The FDA estimates the cost to the vending industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that but says

if just 0.02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health-care system would be at least that great. The rules will

apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. While the proposed rules would give companies a year to comply, an industry group has

suggested a two-year deadline and is urging the government to allow as much flexibility as possible in implementing the rules. Some companies may use electronic

displays to post calorie counts while others may opt for signs stuck to the machines. - Associated Press 


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