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Tesco rations key items to prevent repeat of virus crisis shortages

Written by on 25 September 2020

Tesco has said it is introducing limits on some key household essentials, just days after its chief executive appealed for no “unnecessary” panic buying as coronavirus restrictions are tightened.

The UK’s largest supermarket chain revealed limits on goods including flour, pasta, toilet roll and antibacterial wipes a day after ‘big four’ rival Morrisons introduced similar measures, blaming evidence of stockpiling.

All the major supermarkets introduced temporary restrictions in March after shelves were stripped bare of essentials in the weeks leading up to the COVID-19 lockdown.

They were slowly lifted as stocks recovered.

“We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal,”
a Tesco spokeswoman said on Friday.

“To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.”

Morrisons brought back limits on products such as toilet roll, disinfectants and bleach to a maximum of three.