The UK Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon will address a conference organised by IFA next month.
The conference Getting Fairness for Farmers in the Food Chain is part of IFA’s campaign to bring greater transparency and fairness for farmers in the food chain.
“There is provision in EU legislation on Unfair Trading Practices for an independent retail regulator, but this has to be transposed into Irish law. This was a priority during Commissioner Phil Hogan’s tenure in Agriculture and we want to see it implemented without delay,” he said.
The conference takes place in the Radisson BLU Hotel in Dublin Airport on Tues, Nov 5th.
“Retailers have a dominant position in the food chain and IFA wants the Government to introduce a retail ombudsman who will have strong independent oversight and regulation of the sector. Christine Tacon is the UK’s first Groceries Code Adjudicator and oversees the implementation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice by designated retailers with their direct suppliers,” he said.
“This will be an opportunity to hear a first hand account of how a properly-established regulator operates between retailers and suppliers to ensure an even playing pitch,” he said.
IFA Brussels Director Liam MacHale will update on the EU plans for better market transparency.
The IFA President Joe Healy and Christine Tacon will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture in the afternoon.UK