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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Ryan Merrifield & Kate Lally

Asda shoppers hit with ban at all UK stores

Asda customers have been hit with a ban at all UK stores as it asks people to "shop responsibly".

Amid egg shortages, the supermarket giant has banned shoppers from purchasing more than two boxes of eggs each. Similarly, in one Lidl branch, a ration of three egg boxes per customers has been put in place, as reported in the Mirror.

Tesco is said to be considering taking similar action after shoppers posted photos online of decimated supplies in its supermarkets. Waitrose has not introduced any limits but is "continuing to monitor customer demand".

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Sainsbury's has taken the unusual step of importing barn eggs from Italy to make up for what it describes as "some supply challenges", while Morrisons, Marks & Spencer and Co-op have confirmed they will not be rationing sales.

The UK is battling its largest ever outbreak of avian flu, but that is by far the only thing affecting supplies. Minette Batters of the National Farmers' Union warned: "It is the most serious situation for food production since the Second World War."

It comes as the price of a box of a dozen eggs has already risen by more than 22%, according to official figures. Last year, the UK produced 11.3 billion eggs and had to import another 1.4 billion to meet demand.

Some Asda shoppers have shared their struggles to buy eggs on Twitter. Vic said: "So weird today in Asda, not a single box of eggs on the shelves. I've never ever seen that before", while Titan641 said: "I haven't been able to get eggs in Asda for over a month".

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