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While promotions have always been a part of retail sales, the practice of below cost sales has brought a new and potentially terminal threat to the Irish fruit and vegetable sector.

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Chairing a meeting of the COPA Working Party on the Food Chain in Brussels this week, IFA President Joe Healy said that last week’s vote in the European Parliament adopting a report calling for more action to tackle Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain was welcomed by all member state farmer representatives.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s vote in the European Parliament adopting a report calling for more action to tackle Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain.

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IFA President Joe Healy has been elected Chairman of the COPA Working Party on the Food Chain, a high-level group representing farmers across all EU Member States, which will be pushing for tangible reform of the food chain in Brussels.

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Addressing the World Farmers’ Conference in Milan this week, IFA President Eddie Downey said the climate change talks in Paris later this year will have to recognise the importance of supporting sustainable food production, and reach an agreement that promotes policies so countries like Ireland, which has the capacity and resources to grow food production sustainably, are allowed to do so.

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