Conference for Food Protection

2016 Biennial Meeting

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Issue Number: Council I 022

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Update the definition of Vending Machines

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

New payment transaction technology is available whereby products can be dispensed by a vending machine upon completion of a digital transaction. The current definition for "Vending Machines" in the 2013 FDA Food Code section 102.10 (B) needs an update to remain current.

Public Health Significance

Old-fashioned coin and currency based vending transactions are being replaced with "smart" digital transactions. Safety and convenience conscious consumers are often "cashless" and rely upon new technology for their purchase of goods including food and beverage. Revising the definition to include new payment technologies will reduce confusion as to its acceptability.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

a letter be sent to the FDA requesting the 2013 Food Code be amended as follows (language to be added is underlined):

Section 1 201.10

"Vending machine" means a self-service device that, upon insertion of a coin, paper currency, token, card, or key, or upon completion of a digital transaction or by optional manual operation, dispenses unit servings of FOOD in bulk or in packages without the necessity of replenishing the device between each vending operation.

Submitter Information 1

Name Thomas Johnson
Organization Johnson Risk Solutions, LLC
Address 1408 Northland Dr. #406
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Telephone 6515870418

Submitter Information 2

Name Steve Frehn
Organization Momentum Machines, LLC
Address 977 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone 650-906-7058

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