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

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 2 16:50:41 UTC 2014

Before making nutritional information accessible to the blind, the vending
manufacturing industry must make vending machines accessible to the blind,
with selection and price information.  Just imagine, that would alone go a
long way toward making healthy choices by blind persons using vending
machines, rather than the machines being like a casino gambling slot machine
when money is inserted and a button it pushed, hoping one gets the prize he
or she desires!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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