Major UK supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Tesco have come under fire from customers for using cardboard produce to disguise the empty shelves in stores.

Shoppers have taken to social media to share images from supermarkets showing their apparent attempts to improve the appearance of bare shelves in stores.

Sainsbury’s and Tesco customers mock empty shelves

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "Our colleagues and suppliers are working hard to make sure customers can find everything they need when they shop with us.

"Availability in some product categories may vary but alternatives are available, and stores continue to receive deliveries daily."

UK supply chain issues

The UK has faced supply chain issues amid staff shortages and post-Brexit issues.

Currently, hauliers from the EU can only make up to two trips to drop off or pick up goods between locations in the UK within one week.

Fears over shortages ahead of the festive season have grown in recent weeks with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps being forced to introduce measures to ensure “Christmas will go ahead”.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to lift the limit on the number of deliveries foreign lorry drivers can make in the UK for up to six months.