28 March 2002
Suppliers are pressing for a new code of conduct for supermarkets to cover other retailers.
The Department of Trade and Industry code, which sets out the mediation process between suppliers and the four leading supermarkets, took effect last week.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU), representing UK producers and suppliers of agricultural supplies, has persuaded many retailers not covered by the code to use it voluntarily.
An NFU spokeswoman called on all buyers of agricultural supplies to adopt the code.
The government-appointed Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food recently suggested further changes to the code, including the establishment of a central independent mediation service.
The NFU was among food and farming groups meeting the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this week to discuss the commission's recommendations.