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SUPERMARKETS MAY PAY MORE TOWARDS FOOD AGENCY COSTS

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Supermarkets could be forced to bear an increased share of the costs of the new Food Standards Agency, under propos...
Supermarkets could be forced to bear an increased share of the costs of the new Food Standards Agency, under proposals being considered by the government to reduce the burden on small food outlets.

The Financial Times (p10) reports that Nick Brown, the agriculture minister, had proposed a flat£90 fee for all food premises to help pay the£60m cost of setting up and operating the FSA.

But the plan angered the owners and operators of smaller outlets such as corner shops and take-aways, who complained the levy would have a disproportionate impact on them and could push up food prices.

Now the government is considering a compromise solution that would see a lower flat rate applied to samll outlets of about£50 to£60 a year.

A higher fee would be charged to large premises, primarily supermarkets using same measure of floor space used for Sunday opening laws.
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