'Healthy Vending Act' Would Set Fines, Rules For Snacks in Md.

By Eric Scheiner | March 9, 2016 | 1:52 PM EST

Vending machine (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The Maryland state senate begins hearings Wednesday on the “Maryland Healthy Vending Act.”

The bill requires 75% of the items in vending machines on property owned or managed by the state to meet healthy standards.

Under the measure, “any packaged food and beverage option offered in a food or beverage machine shall contain no more than:

- .5 grams of trans fat per serving

- 200 milligrams of sodium per package.”

The legislation not only mandates the carrying of healthy snack choices, but also mandates the stocking of the vending machine in a manner where healthy options are “in a position with the highest selling potential.”

Under the bill, a vending company that fails to comply when stocking a machine at a state office building, state university, state park or any rest stop managed by the state would face a fine. Five violations or more in a six-month span would result in a vendor being barred from operating a machine on state property.

The measure says the change in vending machines will help reduce Type 2 diabities and “will support a more productive and valuable workforce that will pay dividends to the State economy and cultivate national competitiveness for State residents and employees.”

Video from WMAR.

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for CNSNews.com

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