Sainsbury’s warn of fruit and vegetable shortages due to UK travel ban

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This upcoming Christmas is not looking as cheery as previous years.

With lockdown restrictions having tightened across the UK, and the coronavirus pandemic still reigning on, we will all be striving to have as much festive fun as possible despite all the limitations.

But for those of us who love some fruit and vegetables to combat the overindulgence of the festive season, we have some news that you may not like to read.

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Sainsbury’s have warned that it may run out of some fruit and veg because France has recently banned all freight and travel coming from the UK for 48 hours.

However, many are hopeful that this huge disruption will be short-lived because earlier this morning France promised to lift the lorry ban “within hours”.

The supermarket have revealed that ingredients for a classic Christmas dinner were already on the shop’s shelves, but this could impact the arrival of fresh produce coming in from Europe.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “If nothing changes, we will start to see gaps over the coming days on lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflowers, broccoli and citrus fruit – all of which are imported from the continent at this time of year.”

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“We hope the UK and French governments can come to a mutually agreeable solution that prioritises the immediate passage of produce and any other food at the ports.”

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, told Sky News he was working with French officials to restart the freight.

He said: “The absolute key is to get this resolved as soon as possible.”

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And when he was asked whether there would be a shortage of foods in supermarkets, Mr Shapps said: “The supply chain is pretty robust, in as much as you get variations in supply all the time. For the most part, people won’t notice it.”

Sainsbury’s said: “All products for the Great British Christmas lunch are already in the country and we have plenty of these.

"We are also sourcing everything we can from the UK and looking into alternative transport for product sourced from Europe.”

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