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Government orders review into treatment of farmers

Australian supermarket chains to face scrutiny

Recently, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been directed to investigate beef, lamb, pork, chicken, egg, seafood, fruit and vegetable supply chains. But that is not all.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Senate committees and the ACCC had heard evidence of supermarkets abusing power over farmers.

Farmers and processors will be able to give confidential evidence to the ACCC, which is tasked with sniffing out potential market imbalances. Minister Littleproud said the three-month inquiry could recommend a perishable goods code of conduct aimed at supermarkets.

"After continual evidence and claims by farmers that they have been mistreated by the processing sector and the supermarkets, it's time for us to clear that up," he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

There have been numerous inquiries into issues across agricultural supply chains over the past decade.

"The big supermarkets have used their market power to get them into contracts and then pull them out from under their nose after they've made significant investments," he told canberratimes.com.au.


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