Rationing eggs: Lidl and Sainsbury’s sell out boxes

Rationing eggs: Lidl and Sainsbury’s sell out boxes

British consumers appear to be panic-buying egg cartons, causing supermarkets to curtail egg supplies in response to rumored shortages.

TODAY: Emptying egg shelves at a Sainsbury's in a photo shared on Twitter
Today, shoppers tweeted photographs of empty shelves at Lidl and Sainsbury’s stores, and signs were displayed encouraging people to limit the number of eggs they purchase in response to the country’s worst avian flu outbreak ever.

The outbreak has resulted in the wholesale slaughter of around 48 million hens across the country, a mixture of birds raised for consumption and those producing free-range eggs. It is now required by law to keep captive birds and poultry indoors and adhere to rigorous biosecurity regulations.TODAY: A sign urging people to ration eggs in a Lidl in Wokingham

There is a possibility that more businesses would ration eggs to prevent disappointing customers who have already been affected. Lidl and Sainsbury’s have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.

TODAY: Empty egg shelves at a Sainsbury’s, as shown in a Twitter snap.

A sign in a Sainsbury’s encouraging customers to ration eggs appeared today.

WEDNESDAY’s egg scarcity at Sainsbury’s in Dorking, Surrey

Asda rationed purchases of its budget lines earlier this year when items sold out, and there have also been shortages of fresh fruit due to severe weather in Europe. During the epidemic, eggs and flour were rationed in supermarkets.

Helen Watts, from the wholesale provider Freshfields Farm Eggs in Cheshire, stated that avian flu has impacted supplies due to the culling of a large number of chickens, and that the situation was deteriorating steadily.

Charles Mears, a farmer in Waresley, Cambridgeshire, stated, ‘We’ve been telling people for a long time, but they’ve been expecting cheap food, which is simply not sustainable.

There will be no eggs by Christmas if the government does not intervene to aid producers.

WEDNESDAY: “We are currently having supply challenges across our fresh egg range,” a sign at Sainsbury’s in Dorking informed shoppers.

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association said, “Many of our members are losing money on every egg hatched” (file photo)

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association stated, “We warned ten months ago that producers would suspend or cease production if they were not paid a fair price for their product, and that the result would be fewer chickens and eggs.”

The British Egg Industry Council stated, “Although egg availability fluctuates based on supply and demand, supply is currently somewhat limited.”WEDNESDAY: The shortage of eggs in Sainsbury's in Dorking, Surrey

Andrew Opie, head of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, stated, “Despite persistent supply chain difficulties, retailers are specialists at managing supply chains and will continue to work hard to guarantee minimal impact on customers.”WEDNESDAY: 'We are currently experiencing supply issues across out fresh eggs range,' a note told customers at Sainsbury's in Dorking

Defra, the ministry of food and agriculture, stated that there was no “immediate threat” to the food supply chain, including eggs.

The shortages occur against the backdrop of growing food inflation, which reached 14.6% in the 12 months preceding September’s conclusion, according to government data.

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