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EU Ag Commissioner Calls for Milk Transparency

16 July 2009

EU - EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel called on retailers to come clean about the prices they charge consumers for fresh milk, saying recent falls in farmgate prices should have been passed onto the supermarket shelves.

According to AllAboutFeed, average EU consumer prices for milk had jumped by around 17 per cent in the 12 months up to summer 2008, then fallen back since then by just 2 per cent, while producer prices for milk have halved, the EU Farm Chief said after the monthly meeting of EU farm ministers.

"Farmgate prices have dropped to a level below summer 2007, when the increases started. You should have a steeper drop in consumer prices than just two per cent," she is reported to have said.

"If they (retailers) don't find a solution, the ultimate worse-case scenario would be that farmers would stop producing. We would face a horror scenario that we [...] would not be able to produce fresh milk for consumers and we would be importing."

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