CAMA gets exemptions for Ontario menu labeling rules

Canadian Vending
December 22, 2016
By Canadian Vending
Vending machine locations or accounts should be considered the same as a food truck location or account, as opposed to regulated food-service premises, according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Vending machine locations or accounts should be considered the same as a food truck location or account, as opposed to regulated food-service premises, according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Mississauga – "Standard food items in a vending machine" and selected food items sold at grocery stores are exempt from Ontario's new Menu Labeling Regulation thanks to work by the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association on behalf of vending, office coffee and micro market operators.

CAMA provided industry experts to participate in the consultation process, and is pleased with the resulting changes to the regulations, the association said in a news release. Specifically, a number of items are now exempt from the Act’s labeling requirements including "standard food items in a vending machine" and selected food items sold at grocery stores.

The new Ontario Menu Labeling Regulation, which is part of the requirements of the Healthy Menu Choices Act 2015, will come into force on Jan. 1, 2017.

This is a major achievement and CAMA appreciates the Ministry’s acknowledgment and clarification that a vending machine location/account should be considered the same as a food truck location/account, as opposed to regulated food-service premises, CAMA said.

"With respect to office coffee we are confident that in a typical office coffee situation where coffee is offered complimentary, the item would not by captured by this legislation as 'items that are not sold or offered for sale will not be captured by the legislation,' " CAMA said. In the event coffee is sold to the public, then the item would be subject to the labeling requirements.

While micro markets are not specifically exempted, companies have the option to buy food with the proper labeling, and there are also other considerations with respect to the number of micro markets and whether they are in a public area.

CAMA acknowledged Renee Corrigan, The Brew Centre and Dan Stewart of Savco Food Services for their work on this file on behalf of the industry.

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