I agree with much of what Professor Chris Elliot said in the above quoted portion of his post to the Grocer on October 20, 2017. However, I beg to differ with his suggestion about unannounced audits if offered as a permanent solution. Unannounced audits may be useful because things are unfortunately as bad as they are today. The industry should have grown well beyond that level and must.
With his permission and request to respect his privacy, I have reproduced part of what a respected professional friend wrote to me recently with some highlights below. I believe, from the context, that by “self-regulation” he means the industry regulating itself and being granted the recognition by government agencies to do so.