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Food rationing is back as Morrisons limits pepper purchases

Written by: Emma Lunn
The supermarket has rationed the sale of peppers to two per customer after cold weather in Spain hits supplies.

Waitrose also said it had completely run out of peppers in some stores and that yellow peppers are in particularly short supply.

The shortage is due to unseasonably cold weather in Spain, following a tomato shortage earlier this year.

Changing climatic conditions, Brexit, and soaring labour costs have also been blamed for the shortages.

However, last year saw farmers warn that pepper and cucumber shortages might happen this spring because supermarkets were not paying enough to grow them.

Sainsbury’s Tesco, Morrisons, and Lidl all introduced rationing on vegetables including tomatoes in February due to poor harvest in Spain. Most of the rationing has since been lifted – until today when Morrisons re-introduced the pepper limit.

The supermarket chain said it was working with suppliers to get its full range back on to shelves. It expects stock levels to stabilise in the coming weeks when the weather in the UK warms up and more UK-grown produce becomes available.

Soaring food prices are partially to blame for double-digit inflation, with the cost of food rising at the fastest rate in 45 years.

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