A grocery ombudsman is on the cards under coalition plans

A grocery ombudsman is on the cards under coalition plans

The UK's Conservative-Liberal coalition government today (20 May) published a 34-page policy document outlining its programme for Government. Here we take a closer look at what plans the coalition has set out for the food industry.

  • We will ensure that food procured by government departments, and eventually the whole public sector, meets British standards of production wherever this can be achieved without increasing overall cost.
  • We will introduce, as a first step, an Ombudsman in the Office of Fair Trading who can proactively enforce the Grocery Supply Code of Practice and curb abuses of power, which undermine our farmers and act against the long-term interest of consumers.
  • We will introduce honesty in food labelling so that consumers can be confident about where their food comes from and its environmental impact.
  • We will reduce the regulatory burden on farmers by moving to a risk-based system of regulation, and will develop a system of extra support for hill farmers.
  • We will investigate ways to share with livestock keepers the responsibility for preparing for and dealing with outbreaks of disease.

Click here to view a full version of the policy document.