Grower turned MP, George Eustice, says Groceries Code Adjudictor must have power to fine offending retailers

Conservative MP George Eustice has described how he was victim of supermarket "sharp practice" while a grower, and has said a Groceries Code Adjudicator should have the power to fine offending retailers.

George Eustice MP - image:HBM
George Eustice MP - image:HBM
Eustice, a member of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, grew strawberries and cauliflowers for major retailers before entering Parliament.

He wrote on his blog: "Often the cost of perished stock on the shelves would be clawed back from the supplier, in some cases with their own retail margin taken too. And if a buyer had made a mistake and placed an order for more than they needed, they would find any excuse to reject a consignment, throwing the cost back on the farmer."

He added that little appears to have changed since. "I still come across examples of supermarkets making unfair demands on their suppliers."

He urged fellow parliamentarians to enable the Groceries Code Adjudicator to levy fines on supermarkets when the Bill comes into force next year, saying: "They might as well make this sanction available from day one because if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly."

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