Several supermarkets across the UK have been hit by a hummus shortage after the product was withdrawn due to “taste issues”.
Sainsbury’s said a number of customers complained that the hummus did not taste the way it normally does so they withdrew a number of lines to investigate a quality issue with the supplier.
Customers of Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer have posted frustrated messages on social media after finding their local store to be out of the Middle Eastern delicacy. According to the posts, stores including Chiswick and Manchester displayed signs informing customers they were temporarily out of stock “due to a production issue” and apologising for any inconvenience caused.
One particularly helpful Sainsbury’s branch in Chertsey, Surrey even included a recipe for disappointed customers to make their own hummus.
A spokesperson for the megastore confirmed to The Independent lines were withdrawn due to a quality issue.
“We’ve temporarily removed a number of homous lines from sales due to a production issue at our supplier,” they said adding that they expect to be fully stocked again on Thursday.
Marks and Spencer were also affected by the shortage but are now back in business.
“Some of our houmous products were temporarily taken off shelf due to a supplier issue,” a spokesperson told The Independent. “We can reassure customers that our recipe hasn’t changed and that houmous is now back in store.”
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