Reuters reports via AOL that U.S. restaurant owners will have an extra five months to post the calorie counts of the food they sell under a new federal deadline of May 5, 2017.
The national calorie disclosure rule is part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, and aims to help consumers battle the bulge since Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home.
Reuters reports that the regulation requires calories to be listed on menus and menu boards at restaurants and other food retail establishments with 20 or more locations. In most cases, they also apply to vending machine operators with 20 or more units.
The postponement from the previous Dec. 1 deadline was contained in final guidance from the Food and Drug Administration released on May 5.