NAMA requests FDA's "discretion" for front-of-pack labelling

May 29, 2018
NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) had formed a coalition with Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA); American Beverage Association (ABA); National Confectioners Association (NCA); and SNAC International to submit a request to Scott Gottlieb, FDA’s Commissioner of Food and Drugs requesting enforcement discretion on Front of Pack labelling for vending machine snacks until the ruling is made.

Citing printing and packaging costs, the alliance has also requested for an extension in the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts Panel revisions, so that companies only have to revise labels once to comply with font size and front-of-pack legislation.

The associations also requested that the commissioner amend the rule to allow the use of signage inside the vending machine for treats that have 25 calories or less per serving.

The letter was quoted: “On behalf of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)…we are writing to request that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) exercise enforcement discretion with respect to specific provisions of the Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines final rule until FDA makes the technical amendments to this rule to which it has committed.”

The request continues, “NAMA appreciates FDA’s willingness to work together on this issue. We trust that at the end of the day, OMB and FDA will agree on a solution that is reasonable for all,” said Eric Dell, NAMA’s Senior Vice President of External Affairs.

“Front of pack labeling continues to be very significant to the entire industry and consumers alike, involving signage for gum, mints, rolled candy and multi-serving packages,” said Eric Dell, NAMA’s Senior Vice President, External Affairs.

“Working together with the coalition partners, we’re making progress on behalf of the industry,” he continued.  “We have requested a response by June 5 and look forward to a resolution moving forward.”

The complete request can be found here:

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