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List of products hit by shortages and limits as farmers warn of new food crisis

SHOPPERS will want to know which products have been hit by shortages and ration limits as farmers have warned of a food crisis.

Supermarkets have warned customers that some staple grocery items are in short supply.

Some products in supermarkets are in short supply - and there could be limits on some grocery staples

Some products in supermarkets are in short supply – and there could be limits on some grocery staplesCredit: Getty

Shortages are due to a number of reasons – this includes the Russia-Ukraine crisis, soaring energy bills and more.

It means that farmers have issued warnings about a new food crisis that could spark further price hikes and supply issues, according to the Daily Mail.

Fridge staples like chicken, pasta, beer, sausages and bread could be affected, according to reports.

It means you might not be able to get the exact brand you want, you might be limited on how much you can buy, or you might find some items are in short supply on the shelves.

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We explain which products have been hit by shortages and ration limits – and what it means for shoppers.

What is being rationed?

So far, it is just cooking oil that has been rationed.

Supermarkets like Tesco, Iceland and Morrisons have started to limit how many bottles you can buy.

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Tesco shoppers can only buy three bottles of oil across its entire cooking oil range, while Morrisons and Waitrose shoppers can only buy two.

Iceland, meanwhile, has put in place a one bottle limit.

Concerns have been raised about the supply of cooking oil due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine and Russia make most of the world’s sunflower oil, but the ongoing war has majorly disrupted production.

Because it is in short supply, prices have been pushed up as a result – it is thought customers are now paying 10% more for their bottles.

It’s also had a knock-on effect on big brands like Walkers, who has had to change the recipe of its crisps because it uses sunflower oil.

Retail trade association BRC said: “Some retailers have introduced limits on the number of bottles customers can buy as a temporary measure to ensure availability for everyone.

“Retailers are also working with suppliers to ramp up production of alternative cooking oils, to minimise the impact on consumers.”

Which products are in short supply?

A number of products are in short supply – but so far, no limits have been placed on them.

Tomatoes

For example, supermarkets including Tesco and Asda have run out of some varieties of tomato.

Bosses say it is due to problems including energy bills hikes, bad weather and militant truck drivers.

It means suppliers have been unable to produce as much because the cost of growing the veg has soared.

While heavy rain in Spain and lorry driver strikes has only fuelled a slow down in production and delivery further.

It means that shoppers are paying a whopping 60% more for the salad staple.

Eggs

Fears have been sparked about the supply of eggs as well.

It’s because there might not be enough farmers to plug demand as it’s costing much more to produce them.

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