About one in six adults in the UK have not been able to buy essential foods in the last two weeks, figures suggest.
About 17% of adults said they had not been able to buy such items because they were not available, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Nearly a quarter (23%) said the same for non-essential foods.
ONS analyzed responses from 3,326 adults between September 22 and October 3 as part of its Opinions and Lifestyle survey.
It asked about people’s experiences of scarcity over the last fourteen days.
Overall, 57% said everything they needed had been available to buy.
One in seven (15%) could not buy fuel.
Six out of 10 respondents said their dining experience had been different than usual – 43% said there was less variety and 14% had to go to more stores to get what they needed.
One-fifth said the things they needed were not available, but they could find a replacement, with another fifth saying they could not find a replacement.
Adults also reported that they waited longer for prescriptions (13%) or had to go to more pharmacies to find what they needed (4%).
It happens when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News “we are right in the tail” of the situation with pressure on the fuel supply.
He said that in “most parts of the country” problems are over and that London and the South East are the only two areas “where we see continuing problems”.
He added that about 3,500 people have applied for temporary HGV licenses in the past week.
Meanwhile, footballer Marcus Rashford said some of the food banks he works with have experienced shortages.
He told BBC Breakfast: “They are struggling to do what they love to do because there is a shortage of food and of course it is something we will have to find an answer to and quickly also because you know that people are out there and they need the meals and especially in the winter. ”