Formula milk suppliers were celebrating this week after a High Court judge ruled stricter labelling rules for baby milk should be postponed.

Harsher regulations were scheduled to come into effect in January but during a court appeal Mr Justice Mitting, at London's High Court, ruled in favour of suppliers and declared they were entitled to a transition period to the end of 2009.

The judge was told companies needed more time to replace labels and avoid the cost of relabelling stocks of infant formula and follow-on formula already in shops and the supply chain.

The new rules are now set to come into force from 2010.