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Calorie-Count Mandated on Vending Machines, Thanks to Obamacare


Candy, chips and a helping of Obamacare.

It’s already disrupted the health-care marketplace. Now, the Affordable Care Act is infiltrating vending machines.

Yep, a provision in the Affordable Care Act requires vending machines to display the calorie content of all food items. The FDA finalized the regulations April 3.

If you know the calorie content of an item, you might make a more healthy choice. Or so the thinking goes.

The agency admits 95 percent of the companies affected by the new rules are small businesses, such as Ohio’s Enterprise Refreshment Solutions.

Chris Heaton, director of sales for Enterprise Vending Inc., said his company can now begin to calculate costs. It won’t be cheap. . .

This is what government run amok looks like. The calories are already listed on each item, but now the company that owns the vending machine has to post the calorie-count where it's visible to the customer prior to purchase. And whenever the owner of the machine decides to change what's in the machine, he has to post new information. - Greg Pollowitz

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