British shoppers have gone on a minced beef ‘feeding frenzy’ and picked up 10million extra packets while panic buying through the coronavirus crisis as fears grow about UK food shortages in 2020, MailOnline can reveal today. Farmers have warned that they cannot keep up with demand as the so-called ‘bolognese brigade’ pushed mince sales up 60 per cent in a month – but shunned more expensive steaks and roasting joints. In March supermarkets sold 5,200 tonnes more minced beef – around 10million extra 500g packets – than the same period in 2019 with Sainsbury’s and Asda even importing meat from Poland to cope with demand. Environment Secretary George Eustice is this afternoon holding crisis talks with farmers and farming groups including the NFU about a rescue deal to save rural businesses and how to preserve Britain’s creaking food chain to keep food on the shelves. Millions of pints of milk have already been poured away amid falling demand and meat, other than mince, is plunging in price. There are also growing doubts a ‘Land Army’ of 70,000 people can be found in the next month to harvest Britain’s fruit and vegetables because Eastern European pickers cannot get to the UK because of the coronavirus… Read full this story
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