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Province discourages stockpiling in response to COVID-19

Consumers asked to practice normal buying habits to avoid a shortage
Government leaders are urging Ontarians to avoid stockpiling over COVID-19 concerns. (File photo)

The provincial government is looking to quell panic-buying and stockpiling over COVID-19 concerns, with top ministers urging Ontarians to “practice normal grocery buying habits.”

A joint statement from Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman expressed confidence in the province’s food supply and distribution system.

“Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis,” the statement reads.

Grocery stores across the province have seen lengthy lineups in recent days amid fears of a worsening COVID-19 crisis, with some sought-after products sold out at many stores.

Premier Doug Ford apparently raised the issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a First Ministers call Friday, saying he urged Trudeau to address “ongoing supply chain issues we have been seeing across our province.”

The government is urging Ontarians to avoid stockpiling goods in an effort to avoid shortages.

“Please practice normal grocery buying habits and rest assured that our grocery production and supply chain will continue to provide Ontarians with the food we enjoy each and every day," the statement from Elliott and  concludes.