Supplier group 'reassured' after watchdog visit
The supermarket watchdog has teeth and is "not afraid to use them", campaigners against "bully boy" stores have claimed.
However, the adjudicator will be unable to sink them into "market shock" issues such as the horsemeat scandal which is currently rocking the industry, they say.
The group which has led the campaign for fair treatment for the past decade finally came face to face with newly-appointed grocery adjudicator Christine Tacon this week.
And after talks at the Government's Business Department the Grocery Market Action Group (GMAG) declared that their fears of a toothless enforcer had been unfounded.
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West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George, chairman of GMAG since its creation in 2006, said he was "reassured by her even-handed approach to the job".
"We emphasised to her that suppliers will want reassurance that their confidentiality will be protected and retailers should be reassured that if they have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear.
"Clearly the Adjudicator has no role in price-setting nor can she deal with market shocks, like when horse meat is found in beef products.
"She is there to stamp out unfair trading practices."
The group, which includes the NFU, CLA, and the Church of England, has urged Ms Tacon to "get to work ".