Industry gives evidence on Groceries Code Adjudicator

A host of farming and meat industry representatives have been giving evidence to the House of Commons on proposals for a Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), was joined at the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee by Terry Jones, director of communications for the Food and Drink Federation, as well as Stewart Houston, chairman of the National Pig Association.

Kendall told the committee this week that there was still considerable room for improvement in the draft Bill.

In particular, he stressed the need for it to be given the power to take credible evidence from a wider range of sources, including representative bodies like the NFU, when deciding to launch an investigation into supermarket practices, and it should be able to impose fines on retailers found to be in breach of the code.

He said: “We have campaigned for more than a decade on this issue and this meeting provided another opportunity for the NFU to emphasise how important it is that the Adjudicator is fit for purpose, helping to create a fairer functioning grocery supply chain.”

Last week, the Efra Select Committee recommended that the Adjudicator be given broader powers than those found in the draft Bill, such as allowing third parties like the NFU to make complaints on behalf of their members.

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