Alberta’s food supply chain remains strong, no need to panic buy: officials

There is no need to panic buy or stock up and hoard food in Alberta amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

That was the message from Alberta government officials, who stressed Thursday morning that the province’s food supply is well established, diverse and stable.

“Alberta’s food supply is and will continue to be secure. We need to make sure everyone can access the essentials that they need,” Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen said.

In recent weeks, Dreeshen said major retailers have seen a 50 per cent increase in total sales, and sales per customer have doubled.

There has been a significant increase in the demand for fresh meat and items with a long shelf life such as pasta, Dreeshen explained.

He said while some store shelves have been empty, he stressed that this is a demand issue and that supplies are not running low. He reiterated that Albertans need to stop panic buying in order for stores to keep up with the demand.

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“Some have unnecessarily been stockpiling or bulk buying out of fear of future shortages,” he said.

“Do not hoard food and daily essentials. The system is intact and people should be mindful of irrational panic buying and the effect it has on their neighbours.”

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