British supermarkets have denied government claims that discussions have been held about getting food to people self-isolating over coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC's Question Time last night that the government were "working with the supermarkets."
But supermarkets told the BBC they had had general talks about security of food supplies, but not about getting food to homes.
One executive said they were "baffled" by the suggestion.
Downing Street said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had regular meetings with the food industry to discuss risks to the supply chain, with a working group due to meet on Friday.
One supermarket executive told the BBC sales of basics such as pasta and tinned goods had "gone through the roof", adding: "While I think people don't need to panic buy and should just shop normally, I'm not sure the Government can guarantee all food supply in all instances."
New blog posts from Public Health England (PHE) suggested people may need to get supplies for loved ones in future if social-distancing measures are brought in and more people are told to stay at home.
The posts urged people to "plan ahead", adding: "Everyone has a part to play, and we're asking people to think about what they do in a typical week, how they could limit contact with others if asked to, and how they could help people in their community who might need support if certain social-distancing measures were put in place.
"This might include helping older relatives and neighbours to get some food in, so that they would have supplies for a week or so if required, ensuring someone would be available to go shopping for them, or arranging for online delivery if they needed it."
Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chamber of Commerce, told PA: "We're hearing from increasing numbers of businesses who are having to manage the knock-on effects of coronavirus, from shipping and travel restrictions to increased freight costs and supply chain disruption.
"Companies of all sizes need to stay up to date with official guidance, consider potential impacts on their day-to-day operations and act where possible to mitigate risks.
"Our global chamber network and business communities across the UK mean we are well-placed to monitor its evolving impact and are working to ensure firms are aware of the latest advice from Governments."
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