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Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen: No disruptions in the supply of daily consumer goods

Tuula Haatainen Published Date 13.3.2020 17.15 Blog

Minister HaatainenI have discussed the supply of daily consumer goods with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the senior public officials of the National Emergency Supply Agency. Operations in the trade sector continue normally. There are no disruptions in production, logistics or deliveries. However, the rapid change in people’s purchasing behaviour may have caused temporary availability problems in stores.  In this situation stores may, at their discretion, limit the number of purchases to ensure good customer service.

People are understandably concerned about the coronavirus. However, there is no need to buy and store excessive amounts of food.

People are understandably concerned about the coronavirus. However, there is no need to buy and store excessive amounts of food. Citizens are not advised to purchase more food or hygiene products than usual. A 72-hour (3-day) emergency supply of food, medicines and other necessary products recommended by aid organisations and the authorities is sufficient. It provides a good preparedness level for citizens. 

Joint action is taken by the central government, trade and industry, and logistics operators to secure reliable functioning of the markets in all circumstances. We are actively monitoring the situation in cooperation with the food supply sector.

Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Employment

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