Customers are irritated by meat shortages, and Countdown employees take the brunt of the blame.

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Staff at Countdown say they have been kept in the dark about meat product shortages this weekend.

Empty meat shelves at an Auckland Countdown on Saturday night.

Empty meat shelves at an Auckland Countdown on Saturday night. Photo: RNZ / Kaye Albyt

Shoppers have taken to social media to describe the empty shelves in the meat departments of Countdown stores in Auckland.

A store employee, who did not want to be identified, stated that they had not been informed what to tell customers.

A minor technological issue that affected meatpacking and delivery on the North Island has been fixed, according to the retail chain.

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According to one employee, an IT failure at a new meat processing factory affected 147 locations, and those who are still waiting for deliveries should receive them by the end of the day.

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