The UK food industry has expressed its "disappointment" at the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change conference, which was organised by the United Nations.

"UK food and drink manufacturers were looking to Copenhagen to set a clear and legally binding framework for concerted and equitable international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the development of new low carbon technologies to help address the challenges of climate change while continuing to ensure food security," the Food and Drink Federation's director of sustainability Andrew Kuyk said.

However, he added, Copenhagen failed to deliver on these expectations.

"It seems clear that the outcome has fallen significantly short of these expectations and left many questions unanswered. This will inevitably add to the uncertainties for all businesses in what are still very difficult economic and competitive circumstances," he warned.