Asda limits purchase of fruit and vegetable as shoppers complain of 'bare shelves'

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    Supermarkets in Milton Keynes are beginning to limit the number of fruit and vegetables that can be purchased due to supply shortages.

    Asda has imposed a limit on some fruit and vegetables customers can buy due to supply shortages.

    The British supermarket chain has announced it is limiting the purchase of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, salad bags, broccoli, cauliflower and raspberries to three per customer.

    "Like other supermarkets, we are experiencing sourcing challenges on some products that are grown in southern Spain and north Africa," an Asda spokesman said.

    "We have introduced a temporary limit of three of each product on a very small number of fruit and vegetable lines, so customers can pick up the products they are looking for."

    Sky News has announced that other supermarkets considering similar temporary measures.

    The news comes after supermarkets have been left with empty shelves due to shortage supplies.

    Milton Keynes shoppers have been taking to social media to share images of empty shelves in local supermarkets.

    Tesco's, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are also among the supermarkets with a 'shortage' of fruit vegetables, according to photos shared online.

    One Milton Keynes shopper took to Twitter on Friday night to share images of his local Tesco supermarket saying: "Just drop into Tesco to pick up few bits, no tomatoes, no lettuce,no cucumber amongst whole lot more, why? Friday afternoon?"

    The tweet quickly went viral with shoppers replying that they had noticed similar issues in their local stores.

    Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, which represents UK supermarkets, said: "Difficult weather conditions in the south of Europe and northern Africa have disrupted harvest for some fruit and vegetables including tomatoes.

    "However, supermarkets are adept at managing supply chain issues and are working with farmers to ensure that customers are able to access a wide range of fresh produce."

    The UK relies on countries such as Morocco and Spain for produce during the winter months but with Morocco struggling facing cold temperatures and Spain struggling with bad weather, there has been a shortage of crops.

    As well as this, Sky News says that suppliers are being hit by ferry cancellations, affecting transport.

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