The founder and owner of one of the country’s largest food producers said the sector is at “crisis point”.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, of the 2 Sisters Food Group, said the ping demyc “masked” other problems, including Brexit-related deficits and Covid problems.
Mr Boparan warned the government needed to act as the “most serious food shortage this country has seen in more than 75 years”.
The government has introduced emergency measures that it says will protect food supplies in the face of the so-called ping-pong crisis, allowing thousands of workers to avoid the need to isolate themselves if they are identified as a contact of a coronavirus case.
But Mr Boparan said: “No one could have possibly predicted that this poisonous cocktail would come together at this time.
“It started with the pandemic – and in the last week or so with ping-pong, but since May this year, the governance environment has disappeared so badly that I can see no other outcome than major food shortages in the UK.”