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Combining conception, study and coverage Consuming Interests presents a topical interdisciplinary exploration into the character of meals provision, coverage and law. The booklet offers a close exam of company outlets, kingdom organisations and customer companies excited about the nutrition zone. The research explores questions together with: * what can the general public count on from the state
* what limits are there on country action
* what are the main acceptable balances
between private and non-private pursuits within the provision of 'quality' foods.
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As one senior official at the Department of Health, whose sentiments would be shared at the European level, remarked, ‘yes, I think the large retailers are very much capable of regulating themselves’. The emergence of self-regulation in which HACCP plays such a key role has, however, been fraught with difficulties. The EU’s early approach to the regulation of food became bogged down in a mire of detail, which was not helped by competing perspectives from DGs III and VI. Second, there are clearly important parallels between British and European regulatory strategies.
By 1990, five corporate retailers in Britain – Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Argyll (Safeway), ASDA and Gateway – controlled 60 per cent of the UK grocery market. By 1997, fewer than ten multiple retailers were responsible for about 70 per cent of retail food sales (Euro PA and Associates 1998). The decade 1986–96 saw the rapid overtaking by the supermarkets of the sale of food goods compared with the independent grocery and butchery sector. Moreover, by 1995 corporate retailer own label products accounted for half of the packaged grocery market shares of the four leading retailers.
One is the Common Agricultural Policy, which has led to an emphasis on product quality specifications. The other is the implementation of the internal market, which has meant in particular measures to ensure the free movement of goods (Commission of the European Communities 1997: 5). The result, however, has often been confusion over the basis of regulation and its objectives; or as the Commission openly admits, complexity, fragmentation and incoherence (Commission of the European Communities 1997: 12).