TORONTO — Ontario consumers are asked to “practice normal grocery-buying habits” in a statement put out today by Health Minister Christine Elliott (also deputy premier) and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Ernie Hardeman.
The Ford government ministers don’t say it directly, but their joint release appears to be in reaction to reports of hoarding and stockpiling shoppers during this COVID-19 crisis.
“The health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our government’s number one priority,” Elliott and Hardeman assure. “Ontarians can be confident that our food supply is robust and that our distribution system will continue to operate and remain responsive to the needs of Ontarians.”
“Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis,” they say. “Our food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and our government remains committed to ensuring Ontarians can access healthy and nutritious Ontario-produced foods.
“Please practice normal grocery buying habits and rest assured that our grocery production and supply chain will continue to provide Ontarians with the food we enjoy each and every day.”