Food shortage warning as ‘pingdemic’ staffing chaos threatens supply chain, retailers warn

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Food shortage warning as ‘pingdemic’ staffing chaos threatens supply chain, retailers warn

Retailers say they are under "increasing pressure" to keep shelves fully stocked amid staff shortages caused by the "pingdemic".Industry bosses have warned that supply chains are "starting to fail" due to the number of workers, including lorry drivers and meat-processing staff, getting pinged by the NHS COVID app. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Shoppers have already taken to social media to highlight empty shelves in supermarkets in parts of the country.The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has now urged the government act to change self-isolation guidance to help address the issue. Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability at the BRC, said in-store staff and suppliers should be allowed to work even if they get an alert to self-isolate for 10 days. "The ongoing 'pingdemic' is putting increasing pressure on retailers' ability to maintain opening hours and keep shelves stocked,"