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Coronavirus daily briefing: Plea to STOP panic buying! – there’s £1billion of food in people’s homes

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice has started today’s daily news briefing at Downing Street.

Eustice estimates that £1 billion of extra food has been brought into homes that has yet to be consumed.

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Mr Eustice begins by asking people to be responsible when they shop.

“Buying more than you need means that others may be left without,” he says.

“As you shop think of those who are finishing their late shifts and need to pop to their local shops.”

“We need every citizen in this country to play their part too.”

He says everyone must respect rationing measures in place in some stores and respect food shop workers.

‘We all have a role to play to get through the crisis together. He outlines government measures such as ending restrictions on deliveries.

‘Supermarkets are taking on more staff to ensure shelves are stocked.

“Buying more than you need means that others may be left without,” he says.

“As you shop think of those who are finishing their late shifts and need to pop to their local shops.”

Helen Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium says there has been a whole list of issues raised with the government which have been quickly solved – including restrictions on food delivery times.

PM Boris Johnson wants to underline the message for everyone to be considerate in what they buy – and to think about others in the community.

Stephen Powis of NHS England issues a plea on behalf of his health service colleagues for people to shop responsibly so that they can buy essentials after they finish work.

“It is critical by not stockpiling, by leaving those supplies for others too” that health workers can get access to those supplies as well.

Eustice:

Mr Eustice says all of the major retailers are working together and exercising their own judgement when it comes to placing item-limits on the number that can be purchased by shoppers.

He mentions toilet roll as an example of where a product is now subject to restrictions. Mr Eustice says he believes retailers are best-placed to consider such restrictions.

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