MP welcomes power to fine supermarket

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 31, 2012

 

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."

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

31st December 2012, at 16:36:51

oh dear...if the spplier is likely to enforce a fine on a supermarkeu..the supermarket will just use another supplier thus putting the original supplier out of business.....do Tories ever think these things through.

Saw a cracker in this months CAMRA magazine...Island Camra sked Turner to suuport opposition to the price excalator on beer destined to add 10% ON A PINT....Turners response...much as he thinks helping pubs, the hub of community to survive, they provide millions in tax that is needed by the government.....Duh!!!! so another 300 pubs go out of business and the amount of tax drops.....fools and idiots run the Island and the country

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