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ARCHIVE: Food Industry Better Regulation Group (FIBR)

As a part of the development of the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy, Ministers agreed to establish a forum for discussing regulatory issues affecting the food and drink supply chain. The intention was that FIBR should act as a high-level forum through which industry and Government would add value to policy and legislative proposals, whether arising from the UK, the EU, or internationally. Since then, FIBR has broadened its scope to undertake horizon scanning for regulatory and related developments which might affect the wider food supply chain.

The Food Industry Better Regulation Group (FIBR) met for the first time in July 2006. FIBR’s membership comprises representatives from the UK food supply chain, post-farm gate,  and Government, with focus on the principal regulators for the food industry. Meetings are held quarterly and the minutes of these meetings are made available on this page.

If you are involved in the UK food supply chain and wish to comment on the work of the Food Industry Better Regulation Group then please contact your industry body or the FIBR Secretariat: or FIBR, Defra, Area 4A, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR.



Chair: Brian Harding, Director, Defra Food and Farming Group

With representatives from the:

  • Federation of Wholesale Distributors
  • British Retail Consortium
  • Gin and Vodka Association
  • British Soft Drinks Association
  • British Hospitality Association
  • Food and Drink Federation
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  •  ASDA
  • Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
  • Environment Agency
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Better Regulation Executive
  • Department of Culture, Media and Sports
  • Department of Health

Terms of reference:

If you are interested in viewing the terms of reference for the FIBR group, which detail its purpose, membership and transparency procedures in greater detail then please contact us at and we will be happy to supply further details.

Page last modified: 21 July 2009
Page published: 21 July 2009