The Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency and the European Commission are thrashing out a deal to make front-of-pack traffic light labelling compulsory.

The European Commission, which backs the rival guideline daily amounts scheme, is close to agreeing that Britain can pursue its own regime as long as it does not conflict with European laws or objectives, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Last month, The Grocer revealed the European Commission had proposed obligatory front-of-pack labelling based on GDAs and had ruled out forcing companies to use traffic lights. However, the FSA admitted it could still lobby Brussels for compulsory traffic light labelling.