Monday, April 19, 2010

British airspace lockdown sparks food supply concern:A 'handful' of lines have already been affected

British supermarkets could start running short on some imported goods such as certain fruit and vegetables if the island's airspace remains closed into next week, a trade body warned.
Christopher Snelling, head of global supply chain policy for the Freight Transport Association, warned that some items, could soon be in reduced supply if the volcanic ash cloud remained over Britain."There are no shortages yet, but we may start to see certain ranges affected if this carries on...," said Snelling."The longer that UK airspace is closed, the greater the damage, not just to businesses here but also for farmers in the developing countries who rely on exporting their produce to Europe. Their livelihoods are in serious jeopardy."

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