Sainsbury’s shares list of products which may disappear from shelves soon

Sainsbury’s has warned customers that certain items could be missing from shelves due to restrictions at UK ports.

Luckily, they have added that all of the items needed for your Christmas lunch will not be affected as they are already in the country.

The chain has released the statement to calm shoppers following the closure of Dover to lorries leaving the UK.

However, some items will still be unavailable.

Freight lorries cannot cross via the Eurotunnel or sea to mainland Europe for two days.

The Port of Dover is closed to outbound traffic.

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Due to the chaos this has caused, Sainsbury’s has said that some fresh fruit, vegetables and salad leaves might not be available in stores.

A spokesperson said: "All products for the Great British Christmas lunch are already in the country and we have plenty of these.

"We are also sourcing everything we can from the UK and looking into alternative transport for product sourced from Europe.

"If nothing changes, we will start to see gaps over the coming days on lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflowers, broccoli and citrus fruit – all of which are imported from the Continent at this time of year.

"We hope the UK and French governments can come to a mutually agreeable solution that prioritises the immediate passage of produce and any other food at the ports."

The transport secretary, Grant, Shapps, warned that “significant disruption” is likely to close the Kent border due to the travel ban.

Richard Burnett, head of the Road Haulage Association, told the BBC's Today programme that the 48 hour halt to transport could deter EU hauliers from travelling to the UK as they fear being trapped here.

He said: "With it being so close to Christmas we're looking at 48 hours at this point in time in terms of the restrictions, we're likely to see Operation Stack building in terms of numbers of vehicles on the UK side and that might be a deterrent for EU hauliers to want to come so close to Christmas and end up being stranded here, that's part of the challenge that we're facing today."

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If this is the case, then shipments of fresh produce from mainland Europe may not be able to enter the country.

Boris Johnson is to hold crisis talks today as other countries around the world ban UK flights.

This is happening as a reaction to the reports of a mutant strain of the coronavirus which is “out of control” in Britain, claims health secretary Matt Hancock.

Ahead of the Cobra committee, Mr Shapps said emergency measures were being put in place to cope with the backlog of lorries heading for the channel ports.

Many countries have announced bans on UK travel following the news that the highly infection new strain is widespread in south-east England.

Mr Shapps attempted to calm fears about the wider impact of the French decision.

He said that lorry drivers were used to anticipating disruption by adding that there were often variations in supply.

Mr Shapps said he was talking to French counterpart Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and told Sky News: "The absolute key is to get this resolved as soon as possible."

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