The Food Standards Agency is today expected to recommend the adoption of a front-of-pack traffic light food labelling scheme.

The FSA meets in Glasgow to discuss the adoption of the scheme, which uses red, amber and green to highlight the nutritional value of food.

However, if the FSA pushes through a traffic light scheme it will be going against much of the food industry, with many high-profile food companies choosing to adopt a front-of-pack scheme based on Guideline Daily Amounts.

Earlier this week, breakfast cereal manufacturers signalled their support for labelling based on GDA at a special meeting in London, organised by the Breakfast Cereal Information Service (BCIS) and attended by representatives from the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers.

And last month, taking a lead from Tesco’s GDA scheme, Campbell Grocery Products, Danone, Kellogg, Kraft, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever, all agreed to adopt front-of-pack GDA labelling, while Cadbury and Masterfoods opted for a back-of-pack scheme.

However, supermarket chain Waitrose has opted for traffic lights and is planning to trial a scheme on a range of its products.