The European Commission launched a legislative proposal to regulate unfair commercial practices in the food supply chain.

The European Commission presented on the 12th of April a proposal of legislation to forbid unfair trade practices in the food supply chain, in order to assure fairer conditions for the small and medium agrifood companies.

The proposal includes sanctions for the national authorities every time there is an infraction. This applies to all the stakeholders in the food supply chain and aims to train the most vulnerable partners, with less negotiation power. The supplier must have a small or medium dimension according to the European Union standards.

Fight against the unfair trade practices in the food supply chain

The small participants in the food supply chain, including farmers, are vulnerable to the unfair practices adopted by each partner in the chain and have a lack of bargaining power and alternatives to make their production reach the consumers.

This legislation proposal is a big conquest for all the partners of the Make Fruit Fair campaign, that have been working to sensitize the European citizens, the governments and the supermarket chains to the consequences of the unfair commercial practices in the food supply chains, namely the tropical fruits (banana and pineapple).

Source: European Commission Press Release