United Kingdom Supermarkets Warn of Possible Food Shortages

Supermarkets and wholesalers in the United Kingdom have warned shoppers of possible food shortages around Christmas after France banned travel to and from Britain due to concerns of the new COVID-19 strain.

Supermarkets and wholesalers in the United Kingdom have warned shoppers of possible food shortages around Christmas after France banned travel to and from Britain due to concerns of the new COVID-19 strain.

A spokesperson for supermarket company Sainsbury’s warns gaps on lettuce, cauliflowers, broccoli, citrus fruit, and some salad leaves over the coming days if no change on the travel ban that has halted Europe’s trade routes takes place.

A spokesperson for groceries retailer Tesco also warned of possible reduced supply of the same fresh items “if the current disruption continues.”

“We hope the U.K. and French governments can come to a mutually agreeable solution that prioritizes the immediate passage of produce and any other food at the ports,” Sainsbury’s spokesperson said, adding that it was “sourcing everything we can from the U.K. and looking into alternative transport for product sourced from Europe.”

France suspended all travel links, including freight transport, with the U.K. over the weekend due to the growing concern of a new COVID-19 strain that was first detected in southeast England.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel told Sky News that the British government has been working with France “to get a resolution,” adding that the two countries have shared interests “to ensure that we have flow.”

Other countries such as the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Switzerland also imposed travel bans with the U.K. over the weekend.


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