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Food producers invited to take part in unfair trading practices survey

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Just five days left to complete the unfair trading in the food supply chain survey

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10 March 2022 | 0

Food producers have just five more days to share any experiences of unfair trading practices in the food supply chain with the Unfair Trading Practices (UTP) Enforcement Authority.

Primary food producers have been asked to participate in a UTP survey to outline any UTP-related issues they face within the food chain.

The survey will explore whether the buyers that producers supply are treating them fairly and lawfully in compliance with the UTP regulations.

The survey, which can be completed until 15 March, is looking to establish baseline information on the following issues from suppliers of agricultural and food products:

  • awareness of the UTP Regulations and of the Enforcement Authority and its functions
  • understanding of the protections afforded to suppliers under the UTP Regulations
  • the extent to which UTPs impact suppliers and the factors which influence them in deciding whether or not to make a complaint

The findings, along with the report of a separate survey involving supplier businesses, will provide a strong evidence base for the EA to target its resources more optimally on issues highlighted in the surveys.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue said: “This survey represents a valuable opportunity for farmers and fishers to engage with the EA in a meaningful manner and I strongly encourage all primary producers to take the five or six minutes to complete the survey.  The survey results will be processed anonymously by an independent market research company, and I look forward to receiving the findings ahead of the inaugural EA conference in early May 2022”.

The survey can be completed at www.utp.gov.ie/

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