Government fears energy blackouts could lead to empty supermarket shelves

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The government has reached out to supermarket leaders to gauge what effect major power outages might have on the UK’s food supply as fears about the energy crisis grow

In recent days, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has contacted industry groups asking to be briefed on how a temporary loss of power would affect the food supply chain and lead to availability issues, according to PoliticsHome. 

While a government spokesperson said “this is not something we expect to happen”, it clearly considers this eventuality a theoretical possibility and is looking for advice on which food supply chains could be most vulnerable. 

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