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BRC intervention saves UK grocers millions

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has saved UK grocers more than £280m after lobbying successfully for a change to new European food traceability regulations.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

BRC intervention saves UK grocers millions

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has saved UK grocers more than £280m after lobbying successfully for a change to new European food traceability regulations.

If it had remained unchanged, proposal 1490/2007, which will be formally adopted later this year, would have forced British grocers to carry out a completely unnecessary and costly alteration to the way they gather and store traceability data for products containing animal foodstuffs (meat, eggs, cheese etc).
The BRC's intervention means that grocers can go on using their existing traceability systems.

British Retail Consortium Food Director Andrew Opie said: "This is a massive victory for British grocers. In its previous form the proposed regulation offered no practical benefits, just unnecessary costs and we're delighted that our intervention has prompted these sensible changes. They will save our members at least £280m.

"British grocers have the most robust and sophisticated traceability systems in the world. They can respond to any product recall immediately and are capable of providing full information on the provenance of any item on the supermarket shelf within a matter of hours. The unaltered regulation would not have improved traceability or public safety. Its only result would have been to add huge additional cost. Altering the proposed regulation to allow retailers to keep their excellent existing traceability systems is the right decision."

"We are grateful that the Food Standards Agency supported our lobbying on this issue and are pleased that the Commission was open to representations from industry."

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