- A voluntary code of conduct for the beef industry has been put into place by the National Farmers Union (NFU) and British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) to improve trust in the sector
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Designed to make the process of purchasing cattle more transparent for livestock producers and processors, retailers have also been urged to adopt the philosophy of the new code of conduct in order to minimise uncertainty with suppliers and consumers.
Charles Sercombe, livestock board chairman at NFU said, “This is a welcome step in the right direction as we continue to seek more openness and transparency in the supply chain.
George Eustice MP, Defra food and farming minister said, “I commend the positive and constructive discussions between the BMPA and the NFU that have led to the introduction of this voluntary code of practice which aims to increase transparency and trust between processors and livestock producers in the beef supply chain.
“The code should help to improve people’s confidence in the system. It is a good step forward and I encourage processors to commit to it and retailers and renderers to get behind it and give it their support.”
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