Tesco has backed calls for the creation of an
independent supermarket ?tsar? to oversee legislation of
the UK?s leading grocers, according to weekend reports.
The news comes after it emerged last month that
retailers Asda and Morrisons were considering launching
appeals against proposed measures covering areas
including the treatment of suppliers and the use of
The proposals followed a Competition Commission report
"Unless everyone in the industry can agree to sign up to
the proposal, we believe that it would require
legislation,? a spokesman for Tesco is quoted as saying
in the Independent on Sunday. ?We work hard to ensure
that we have good relations with our suppliers and more
than 1,500 of our suppliers have been with us for five
years or more."
However, Sainsbury's said: "We believe the creation of
an ombudsman to look into relationships between
suppliers and retailers is an unnecessary measure and
that issues should be addressed through the proposed
changes to the existing code of practice."