Supermarkets across the UK are now rationing vital supplies as thousands of shoppers are panic buying leaving shelves empty.
The online supermarket, Ocado has placed limits on shoppers restricting them two bottles of anti-bacterial had gels and just packet of toilets rolls. Last week Ocado said their delivery slots are filling up rapidly with larger orders.
Morrisons are rationing soap products, hand wash and children’s medicine whilst Asda are now restricting the sale hand sanitisers to just two bottles per person.
Tesco are limiting the number of items to customers of dry pasta, baked beans, hand sanitiser UHT milk and baked bean tins that each customer can purchase.
Supermarket chiefs across the UK are preparing for “empty shelves and riots” as coronavirus is “highly likely” to accelerate within days and weeks.
Monteyne said, “If a major coronavirus outbreak happens, that will quickly lead to panic buying, empty shelves and food riots.
“Plans are surely being drawn up with suppliers to rationalise product ranges when necessary.”
The environment secretary George Eustice held talks with supermarket chiefs and trade body bosses over food supply contingencies.
Eustice said, retailers are taking “all the necessary steps” to keep shelves well-stocked across the UK.
He said on Friday, “Today I spoke with chief executives from the UK’s leading supermarkets to discuss their response to coronavirus.
“The retailers reassured me they have well-established contingency plans and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure consumers have the food and supplies they need.
“Retailers are continuing to monitor their supply chains and have robust plans in place to minimise disruption.”