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NPA formulating a plan to respond to Defra supply chain consultation

19th Jul 2022 / By Alistair Driver

The NPA will be contacting members soon regarding the industry response to Defra’s important consultation on improving fairness in the pork supply chain.

Defra launched its long-awaited consultation last week. It can viewed here on the Defra website.

Running until October 7, the UK-wide consultation invites views from pig farmers, abattoirs, processors, retailers, marketing groups and all stakeholders involved in the pig supply chain.

There are 47 questions, seeking views on issues such as transparency, price reporting, clarity of contractual terms and conditions, and market consolidation.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis has confirmed the review could ultimately lead to new legislation governing relations between producers and pork buyers, including legally binding contracts. 

The NPA is keen to collate relevant information for its own response, while also encouraging members to respond individually.  

“As one of the most significant consultations we’ve seen in a long time, NPA has started to formulate a plan on how best to gather your views and respond,” senior policy adviser Rebecca Veale said.

“We’re also putting together some guidance to help those that are keen to respond individually. The team will be in touch soon but until then take a look at the consultation.”