High quality, safe, wholesome food at affordable prices are the aims of UK food manufacturers, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) stated this week when giving evidence to the independent Policy Commission on Farming and Food. The FDF set out its vision of farming and foods and outlined the following problems. Public confidence in the safety of the food supply is fragile, the sector is heavily regulated and it is increasingly difficult to attract investment by multinationals for new manufacturing plants in the UK. In the short term the FDF called for, among others, an improved awareness in government decision making of the importance of the UK food supply chain to the national economy and the need to maintain and promote its competitiveness and a government programme to improve consumers' understanding of food labeling. It also stressed the need for environmental measures within reasonable boundaries. In the long term radical new measures to give UK legal force to EU Directives, through direct reference to the English version of the EU text, application of EU food hygiene legislation to all food businesses, requiring them to operate to HACCP principles and increased public funding for research available for food manufacturing - currently there is only £2m from DEFRA, compared with the Food Standard Agency's £25m research budget. FDF also called for a common EU framework and rules on product nutritional and functional claims. The Food and Drink Federation represents the UK food and drink manufacturing sector with 500,000 employees - 11 per cent of the total workforce.