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Vending Machines to Display Calorie Counts in 2014

Next time you head to the vending machine for an afternoon snack, you may find out what the treat will cost your wallet and your waistline.
ARKANSAS -- Next time you head to the vending machine for an afternoon snack, you may find out what the treat will cost your wallet and your waistline.

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.
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