Tesco has become the latest supermarket giant to ration eggs for customers due to supply chain issues.
Buyers will only be able to purchase a maximum of three boxes, and this will be monitored when they arrive at checkout.
Farmers are currently facing two major issues affecting egg supply, including soaring costs and an outbreak of bird flu.
Tesco’s decision follows that of Aldi and Lidl, which started rationing eggs for customers last week.
It came after shoppers started posting images of empty shelves or notices of supply issues affecting egg stocks in stores.
Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, said it made the decision as a precaution at this stage. He added that he was working hard with his suppliers to avoid an egg shortage, but had introduced the restriction as a precaution.
Farmers have faced a host of issues impacting egg supply, including rising energy costs. Wheat prices have also increased due to the war in Ukraine, and grains are a key component of chicken feed.
The price hike came at the same time as Britain’s biggest-ever bird flu outbreak, which led to the government ordering farmers to keep all poultry and captive birds indoors.
Millions of birds have died or been culled in the last year alone. There have been 118 known cases of the virus since October 1 this year.
The Independent previously reported comments from the British Free Range Egg Producers Association that the outbreak of bird flu has resulted in the culling of laying hens.
A spokesperson said: “We warned ten months ago that producers would suspend or stop production if they were not paid a fair price for their product, and the ripple effect would be fewer chickens and fewer eggs.”
The industry body told supermarkets to raise prices earlier this year, warning there could be a mass exodus from egg farmers and empty shelves without more support.
“Many of our members lose money on every egg they lay, and our data shows that even those who make a small profit don’t see a long-term future,” he said.
“Our survey of 163 outdoor growers this week showed that 33% had either reduced their herd size, temporarily halted production or left the industry all together.
“Fewer hens means fewer eggs and we warned in March that eggs could be in short supply by Christmas.
“The supply of eggs naturally tightens at this time of year as businesses and individuals prepare for Christmas, which may make the situation worse. In addition to this, the bird flu has also led to the culling of laying hens.