Supermarkets Start Rationing Rice

UK supermarkets have started to ration rice sales in response to a worldwide shortage of the food .
Discount grocers Netto and Lidl have restricted sales of larger bags of rice to one per customer to prevent panic buying amongst shoppers.
However, the UK’s ‘big four’ supermarket chains – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons – have dismissed reports that they are also trying to ration stocks in some parts of the country.
A global rice shortage, caused after a number of rice-producing nations limited exports to secure domestic supplies, has driven up the price of 2lb supermarket bag by 60 per cent in a year from 90p to £1.45. Food prices on the whole have soared 15 per cent in the same period.
Rice stocks are at their lowest in three decades while a shortage of staple foods has triggered riots in some of the world’s poorest countries.
But Jonathan Calland, spokesman for major rice importer Tilda, claimed: “There is no shortage of rice in the UK. We are in a position to maintain supply .
A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said, “Supermarkets are aware of issues of global supply and have already taken necessary steps to ensure adequate rice supplies. We are confident there won’t be shortages on shelves.”

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