Warning issued to shoppers buying bread or pasta from supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda

Shoppers have been issued a warning about food staples from major supermarkets including Aldi, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, M&S and Sainsbury’s. The warning relates to often-purchased cupboard items like bread, pasta and baked beans which are staple foods.

Shoppers have been warned that prices for these essentials have risen 50% over the past year. Chips increased by 17% and ground beef by 16%. Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, said: ‘People are being hit by a cost of living tsunami. I have people working seven days a week so they can feed their families,’ said the Manchester Evening News reports.

A government source said: “We are monitoring the situation very closely.” The statisticians chose 30 everyday items that they know less well-off households regularly buy to get an idea of ​​how inflation is hitting those households.

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Decreases were observed in the price of potatoes (14%), cheese (7%), pizza (4%), fries (3%), sausages (3%) and apples (1 %). As inflation hit a 40-year high of 9% in April, as measured by the consumer price index, the less well-off are spending a greater proportion of their income on basic expenses, such as energy bills.

The ONS warned that because the analysis only focuses on the cheapest goods, the estimates are based on a very small number of prices. This means that the data is very sensitive to single item changes. “Products available represent the retailer’s online catalogue, rather than the range of products available or purchased in local stores that month,” the ONS said.

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