Rice is being rationed in Britain as shopkeepers limit supplies to their customers to prevent hoarding. Restrictions on sales in Asian neighbourhoods are reported as emergency measures are taken by governments worldwide to combat the soaring cost of rice and prevent outbreaks of food rioting.
Tilda, the biggest importer of basmati rice, said that its buyers had resorted to restricting their customers to two bags per person.
“It is happening in the cash and carries,” said Jona-than Calland, of Tilda.
“It’s to stop people from hoarding. I heard from our salesforce that one lady went into a cash and carry and tried to buy eight 20kg bags.”
According to Mr Calland, the retailers, who sell to the curry and Chinese restaurant trade as well as to families, are rationing their customers to two to four bags during the current fear over rice shortages.
Us retailers are also rationing rice, including Sam’s Club, the warehouse club operator that is part of Wal-Mart.