Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet.

The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rules last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday, arguing the rules are “an important step for public health.”

Dan Goldbeck, a research analyst for the American Action Forum, documented that the rules are more costly than the administration originally anticipated, after expanding the number of restaurants and vending machine owners who must comply.

“These rules have always been a curious addition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as there’s no clear linkage to the law’s primary goal of health insurance reform,” Goldbeck wrote. “Originally proposed in April 2011, the final versions have taken more than three years to find their way to the Federal Register.”