Supermarkets limit purchases of cooking oil after supplies hit by war in Ukraine

UK supermarkets have imposed limits on the amount of cooking oil customers can buy due to supply chain issues caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Tesco is allowed three items per customer while Waitrose and Morrisons have set limits of just two items each, according to the BBC.

In comments carried by the broadcaster, Tom Holder of the British Retail Consortium said the move was a temporary measure “to ensure availability for everyone”.

Most of the UK’s sunflower oil comes from Ukraine, with restrictions applying to this product as well as olive and rapeseed oils in some supermarkets.

Mr Holder said retailers were “working with suppliers to accelerate the production of alternative cooking oils, to minimize the impact on consumers”.

Recent data has shown that cooking oil is part of a range of food staples that have skyrocketed in price.

The price of cooking oils and fats has risen by 7% and is almost a quarter more expensive than a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said on April 13.

Russian tanks and missiles besieging Ukraine also threaten the food supply and livelihoods of people in Europe, Africa and Asia who depend on the vast fertile agricultural lands of the Black Sea region, known under the name “breadbasket of the world”.

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