Environment Secretary George Eustice holding today’s Government press conference urged the public to be responsible when you shop and think of others.

“Buying more than you need means others may be left without.” he told the press conference

Also at the conference was Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, who said that there was plenty of food in the supply chain adding there was £1bn more food in people’s houses than there was three weeks ago. “So we should make sure we eat some of it.”

Eustice compared the situation to the pre Christmas rush,

“food manufacturers have responded by increasing their production by up to about 50% so there’s no risk of food running out. The challenge we have is getting food to the shelves and keeping it there.”

Asked whether he can rule out rationing or ration books, Mr Eustice says supermarkets are best placed to put restrictions on product lines.

“We think it is better that individual retailers or retailers together make judgements” regarding restrictions on any particular product.



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