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The consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which has lobbied the FDA to toughen food-label standards, hailed the FDA action in a news conference.

"This is a once-in-a-generation event," said Bruce Silverglade, CSPI legal affairs director. "Not since the early 1990s have we seen FDA actions of this magnitude."

The FDA today also released the results of a survey showing that more than half of all U.S. adults say they "often" read a label the first time they buy a product. It's the first time in the survey's 10-year history that most adult said they read food labels.

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