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British supermarkets have limited cooking oil purchases, as their European colleagues did earlier, after supplies were hit by Russia’s war in Ukraine

British supermarkets have limited cooking oil purchases, as their European colleagues did earlier, after supplies were hit by Russia’s war in Ukraine

Supermarkets across the UK have placed limits on how much cooking oil customers can buy due to supply-chain problems caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Tesco is allowed three items per customer, while Waitrose and Morrisons have placed limits of just two items each.

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

In March 2022, similar restrictions were introduced by food retailers in Greece and Spain and widely considered in Germany and Italy. Europe also imports a large portion of its sunflower oil from Ukraine, and Russia’s invasion of the country has caused a shortfall of sunflower oil in the EU.

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