Restaurants will have another year to put calorie counts on their menus, as the federal government bowed to vociferous demands for a delay to the controversial rule.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it would delay implementation of its menu-labeling rule from December 2015 to December 2016.
The rule requires chain restaurants, eateries in grocery stores, bakeries and coffee shops to put a calorie count on all menu items. It was required by Obamacare as a way to combat obesity.
Various industries have balked that they don't know how to implement the requirements.
The FDA said Thursday that it plans to issue a new document offering advice to affected eateries later this summer and provide educational and technical assistance to businesses.
"Now and following the December 1, 2016 compliance date, the FDA will work flexibly and collaboratively with individual companies making a good-faith effort to comply with the law," the agency said.
If an eatery doesn't comply with the law, the FDA can seize its food, sue it or even arrest the owners.
House lawmakers have been clamoring for a delay, even going so far as to include it in an FDA appropriations bill.