NEW powers to fine supermarkets for mistreating suppliers have been welcomed by MP Andrew Turner, who said they could help to protect Isle of Wight farmers and food producers.
Newly created regulator, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, has been given the power to fine supermarkets.
The power was introduced after concerns were raised the watchdog lacked the teeth necessary to tackle supermarkets that breached the groceries code.
Mr Turner said: "This news should be welcomed by the Island’s farmers and small suppliers.
"Although supermarkets are only likely to be fined in extreme cases, it is now clear that the groceries code cannot simply be ignored, so it should encourage supermarkets to treat their suppliers fairly.
"Supermarkets have been too powerful and unaccountable for too long and this is certainly a step in the right direction.
"Over recent weeks we have had very positive news with some local supermarkets enthusiastically supporting Isle of Wight milk, but we all know things are not always so positive."