A shortage of CO2 gas in the UK could cause Christmas to be 'canceled,' warns industry boss

A shortage of energy has reduced the supply CO2 in the UK, which is an essential ingredient in meat production.
Industry leaders warn that this could lead to a winter shortage in poultry, which could cause Christmas to be destroyed.

This is just one of many shortages in the UK that include beer and medical equipment.

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Industry leaders warn that Britain faces a serious shortage of CO2, which is a crucial component in meat production.

It is used to kill farm animals by making them unconscious. It can also be used to pack meat products to prolong shelf life.

According to a top poultry manufacturer, the shortage in the UK could "cancel Christmas" due to high gas prices.

According to the Guardian, the shortage was caused by two UK fertilizer plants closing. These plants produce CO2 as a byproduct. The UK is currently suffering from high gas prices and an energy shortage.

According to Bernard Matthews, the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, which is a major turkey company, the energy shortages could be exacerbated by labor problems. This could partly be linked to Brexit and the dearth of foreign workers.

Ranjit Singh Boparan, Sky News's spokesperson, said that there are only 100 days until Christmas. Bernard Matthews and other poultry businesses work harder than ever to recruit people to keep food supplies in check.

"The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys for Christmas this year was already compromised. I need to find 1000 additional workers to process the supplies. Christmas will be cancelled if there is no CO2 supply.

Boparan stated, "Without CO2, there is less across the sector and this is already compromised by lack of labor. This could tip us over the edge."

The chief executive of UK Food and Drink Federation Ian Wright warned that the effect of the rising gas prices would not be felt for two weeks if the government did not intervene quickly, according to the BBC.

Wright stated, "And of course that's concerning because warehouses are beginning to pick up, build their stocks, and ready for the push towards Christmas a few more weeks later."

Britain's imminent shortage crisis could lead to empty shelves in supermarkets, empty beer barrels at pubs and even a shortage in blood test tubes.

A spokesperson for Defra told The Guardian that they are aware of some problems faced by businesses and are working closely to offer support and advice. We've had many meetings with representatives of the meat processing and production sectors. These conversations will continue over the weekend.

The UK has access to a wide range of gas sources to ensure that households, businesses, and heavy industry have the energy they require at a fair price.

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