Govt Urged To Introduce Retail Code Of Conduct

The government has been urged to expedite the publication of the Competition and Consumer Bill, which includes proposals for a code of conduct for the retail sector to insure transparency in the sector.

Fianna Fáil's Agriculture spokesperson Éamon Ó Cuiv made the call following the publication of of a survey that found 90% of people want to see a code of conduct established to ensure that farmers get a fair deal from supermarkets.

"What we need is a statutory code of conduct which will ensure farmers are paid a reasonable price for their goods, and at the same time will guarantee consumers are not paying over the odds for food," Deputy Ó Cuív said.

He added: "The Government has been sitting on proposals since it came into office. The fruit and vegetable price war at Christmas highlights the importance of such a code. Farmers must be given a fair deal for their produce if they are to remain viable."


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