Government announce plans for supermarket 'adjudicator' to protect farmers.

The Government has announced plans to create a supermarket 'adjudictor' to investigate and solve supply disputes between farmers, suppliers and supermarkets.

Farmers will be able to appraoch the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to complain about any unfair treatment from supermarkets.  The complainant's identity will remain anonymous to avoid reprisals from suppliers or supermarkets.

Farms have long been calling for a supermarket ombudsmen but until now have had no outlet to report problems.  The adjudicator will be part of the Office of Fair Trading.

Supermarkets have called on Ministers to ditch the plans which they say will be no more than a supermarket quango and a costly waste of time.

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