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Union calls for extension of UK Groceries Adjudicator's remit

Staff Writer |
NFU Cymru’s Milk Board called on the next UK Government to extend the work of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to cover a wider range of unfair practices in the UK’s supply chain, including the dairy industry.

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At a meeting of the Milk Board, members agreed that now is the time to extend the scope and power of the supermarket watchdog, which currently only oversees dealings between the UK’s ten largest supermarkets and their direct suppliers.

The call came a day after the Labour Party’s manifesto was leaked, revealing policies including banning neonicotinoids, ending the badger cull and expanding the remit of the GCA.

NFU Cymru’s Milk Board chair Aled Jones commented, “Our members wish to see fair and transparent supply chains across the board. Voluntary codes have been introduced in an attempt to resolve a number of long running issues.

Although there have been some positives for primary producers there are still too many buyers that operate outside of the principles of the codes.

“In my own sector too many companies continue to give very short notice of price changes to their producers, unreasonable notice of specification changes and changes to required volumes without sufficient warning to name but a few.”

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