Lidl has become the latest supermarket to ration the amount of fruit and vegetables customers are allowed to purchase.
Customers at Lidl are only allowed to buy three tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers each, as there has been a sharp “increase in demand” due to national shortages.
A Lidl spokesperson said, “As advised to our customers through signage in our stores last week, adverse weather conditions in Spain and Morocco have recently impacted the availability of certain salad items across the supermarket sector.
“Whilst we still have good availability across the majority of our stores, due to a recent increase in demand we have taken the decision to temporarily limit the purchase of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers to three items per person.
“This will help to ensure that all of our customers have access to the products they need.”
Government food minister Mark Spencer said, “The current situation – caused by recent poor weather in North Africa – shows how dependent we can be on certain trade routes for some types of food.
“I know families expect the fresh produce they need to be on the shelves when they go in for their weekly shop.
“That is why I am calling in supermarket chiefs to find out what they are doing to get shelves stocked again and to outline how we can avoid a repeat of this.”