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Watchdog will have teeth

FEARS THAT the UK's new supermarket watchdog might turn out to be toothless were put to rest this week, as the government confirmed that the Groceries Code Adjudicator will have the power to impose fines.

Competition minister Jo Swinson announced that supermarkets which breach the Groceries Code by dealing unfairly or unlawfully with their suppliers will be subject to a 'range of sanctions' under the new regime – but made it clear that immediate fines will be part of the watchdog's armoury.

"The food industry plays an important role in economic growth, and the Groceries Code Adjudicator will help to ensure that the market is operating in a fair and healthy way," said Ms Swinson.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, December 8 2012)

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