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Britain warns of fruit shortage
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:06:37 GMT
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Some 17,000 flights were cancelled across Europe on Saturday, April 17.
A British trade official has warned about the shortage of some imported goods in the country, should an airspace travel ban be extended into next week.

"The longer the 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," Christopher Snelling, head of global supply chain policy for the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said on Sunday.

Snelling added that by far no major shortage was reported, however, if the situation persists, certain range of food including vegetables and fruits would be affected.

Air traffic remains disrupted across Europe as a cloud of ash released from a recent volcanic eruption in Iceland has forced a number of major airports to ground all flights.

"Where possible we're using alternative routes to bring these products to the UK, for example by road and rail from airports which remain open in Europe," said a spokesman for Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer.

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