Tesco tells customers they can only make three purchases of eggs, rice, soap and toilet paper, amid fears that food shortages will continue until after Christmas
- Delays in the port of Dover and stricter Covid measures trigger panic fears when buying
- Tesco claims fresh produce imported from France is "readily available"
- Restrictions on flour, pasta, toilet paper, baby wipes, and anti-bac wipes
Tesco has told shoppers it can only make three purchases of eggs, rice, soap and toilet paper amid fears the food shortage will continue until after Christmas.
The supermarket giant said in an email to customers yesterday that it was introducing temporary restrictions on certain essential factors "to make these products easier for all customers".
CEO Jason Tarry added that fresh produce imported from France such as lettuce, cauliflower and citrus fruits are still "readily available" and urged customers to "shop as usual," citing high stocks.
With 3,000 trucks stuck in Kent amid the chaos in the port of Dover, ministers believe a backlog of supplies may not be fixed until after Christmas.
The shippers told the Times that supply chains and the risk of food shortages would be massively affected.
Tesco has reminded shoppers of a three item limit on products such as flour, dried pasta, toilet paper, baby wipes and antibacterial wipes
Tesco is maintaining shop restrictions on flour, dried pasta, toilet paper, baby wipes and antibacterial wipes due to coronavirus panic buying – no concerns about the upcoming Brexit deadline or the problems in Dover.
It is because government sources have proposed putting the whole of England under a third lockdown after Christmas as a mutated strain of the virus spreads across the country.
Yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel refused to rule out another lockdown, telling Sky News: "If the virus continues to spread, we will take stronger action because ultimately our goal is to save lives and keep people safe. "
Nearly 3,000 trucks were stranded in Kent following the travel ban in France announced on Sunday.
The British Retail Consortium, the trade association for UK retailers, reassured the UK public yesterday that enough groceries will be available for Christmas.
All the ingredients and products that are needed for a traditional Christmas dinner are already in the country and are available to consumers.
According to Tesco, given the Covid-19 restrictions, the limit is not in place due to concerns about Brexit or major delays in the port of Dover
However, if empty trucks to France are not allowed to fill up, there will be a shortage of fresh produce, with the supply of lettuce, vegetables and fresh fruits such as strawberries and raspberries being most at risk as they are usually imported from the continent at this time of year.
Fortunately, France and the UK reached an agreement Tuesday night that would allow trucks to cross the canal, provided they had a negative Covid test on hand.
Number 10 yesterday called for silence as panic buyers formed long lines in front of supermarkets. Instead, people were asked to “shop normally” for all of their festive staple foods.
Earlier this month it was announced that in the event of a no deal Brexit, Tesco had stocks on hand.
John Allan, the chairman of Tesco, believes the average grocery bill could rise by five percent, and also claimed that French cheeses like Brie could be 40 percent more expensive if there wasn't an EU trade deal in place.
However, critics said there is plenty of British brie to eat and the UK is already importing 20 percent less cheese from abroad every year.
Earlier this month it was revealed that in the event of a No Deal Brexit, Tesco had inventory on hand, while Tier 4 Londoners were able to visit their local store on Old Kent Road yesterday (pictured)
Mr. Allan, who stepped into the supermarket last year, said, “Tesco is preparing for the worst case scenario which is a no deal and is trying as much as possible to ensure that we have long life products in either in our warehouses or with our suppliers.
“We try to minimize the risk of food being caught in what is probably the most difficult place, the port of Dover.
“We may have a shortage of fresh food, especially fresh, short-lived food. I think this will only be for a limited time, a month or two before we get back to normal.
"There may be only a slightly limited choice for a period of time."
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