The Local Government Association has hit back at criticisms from the Chief Executive of Iceland, who said the "invisible" market for cheap food for local authorities is to be blamed for driving down food standards.
Mehboob Khan is Chairman of the LGA's safer communities board and leader of Kirklees Council. He said the blame lay firmly with manufacturers, suppliers and retailers:
The Chief Executive of Iceland seems a little confused. The law is 100 per cent clear that it is the responsibility of the manufacturer, supplier and retailer to make sure the product they sell us is what they say it is. There has been a major supply chain failure.
That's not the fault of consumers, councils or hospitals. The companies that supply our food need to take responsibility and focus on getting their house in order. The vast majority of retailers, caterers and manufacturers are doing this. Iceland should do the same.