'Industry faces huge damage risk'

FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss believes there's a "huge risk" farmers will become the collateral damage in the new supermarket price war.

He said to help prevent this from happening, the Horticultural Code of Conduct needed to be strengthened, protecting small producers and Australia's food supply in the future.

Artificial price settings also needed to be addressed, though only state governments had the power to do that, Mr Truss said.

And while consumers might love it when the supermarkets went to war with each other, it would ultimately force them to pay higher prices.

State Member for Gympie David Gibson said the behaviour of the major supermarkets had been a source of concern to primary producers for some time.

"But ultimately it is the shoppers who have the power," he said.

"I know personally I've stopped buying the supermarket brand milk as a way of showing my support for the long-term

viability of our dairy producers."

Mr Gibson said the regulation of supermarkets was a federal responsibility.

"It's time that the Federal Labor Government addressed some of these concerns by referring them to the ACCC," he said.

"I will be raising my concerns direct with our local Federal Member Warren Truss MP."

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