As part of the healthcare overhaul, any company operating 20 machines or more must display calorie information. This will affect roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide, according to Fox News.
The Food and Drug Administration estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.
The proposed rules would give companies a year to comply and at least one industry group has suggested a two-year deadline and is urging the government to allow as much flexibility as possible in implementing the rules. The FDA is expected to release final rules early next year.