UK meat industry warns some firms have just five days' CO2 supply

UK meat industry warns some firms have just five days' CO2 supply

LONDON – Some of Britain’s meat processors will run out of carbon dioxide within five days, forcing them to halt production, the head of the industry’s lobby group warned on Monday.

A jump in gas prices has forced several domestic energy suppliers out of business and has shut fertiliser plants that also produce carbon dioxide (CO2), used to stun animals before slaughter and prolong the shelf-life of food.

The shortage of CO2, also used to put the fizz in beer, cider and soft drinks, has compounded an acute shortage of truck drivers in the UK, which has been blamed on the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit.

“My members are saying anything between five, 10 and 15 days supply,” Nick Allen of the British Meat Processors Association told Sky News.

With no CO2 a meat processor cannot operate, he said.

“The animals have to stay on farm, they’ll cause farmers on the farm huge animal welfare problems and British pork and British poultry will disappear off the shelves,” Allen said.

“We’re two weeks away from seeing some real impacts on the shelves. On the poultry side we’re hearing they’re even tighter supplies so we might see poultry disappearing even sooner.”

Allen said the government was working hard to try and resolve the issue and could hopefully persuade a UK fertiliser producer to re-start their plant.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents retailers including the major supermarket groups, said the CO2 crisis added to existing pressures on production and distribution.

“Retailers are working with their suppliers to resolve this issue, but government must investigate this issue as soon as possible and work with industry to ensure a solution is found quickly and problems don’t escalate further,” said Andrew Opie, the BRC‘s director of food and sustainability.

Foreign office minister James Cleverly said the government was looking to address short-term shortages.

“We will ensure that we are able to put food on the table, obviously that is a real priority,” he told Sky News.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Over half of Russians are afraid of contracting coronavirus, survey reveals

77% of the respondents agreed with the idea that vaccination is "a personal matter for everyone" Read more »

Polish independence march banned by court over far-right violence

A Polish court has upheld a ban on a far-right rally organised by nationalists on Poland’s Independence Day. The Warsaw District Court ruled in favour of the city’s mayor, who ... Read more »

Afghanistan neighboring states agree to establish special envoys' meeting mechanism

The sides also agreed to "call on the international community to further provide Afghanistan with more urgent humanitarian assistance including food, medicines and winter utilities to prevent humanitarian crisis and refugee wave in Afghanistan" Read more »

Russian diplomat slams France's policy towards militarization of social networks

France has almost officially adopted a course on the transformation of the auxiliary tools of ‘classic’ military propaganda into an independent type of weapon, Maria Zakharova pointed out Read more »

Russian Foreign Ministry: Amsterdam court ruling on Scythian gold sets dangerous precedent

Such decision calls into question further prospects of inter-museum cooperation, the ministry's Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed Read more »

Lavrov calls out US for always having seen Afghanistan as geopolitical tool

The West’s stubborn desire to remold Afghanistan in its own image has had some dire consequences, including the collapse of the country’s society and economy, and a humanitarian catastrophe, the Russian Foreign Minister pointed out Read more »

'Girls Night In': UK bars and clubs close in solidarity with anti-spiking boycott

Several bars and nightclubs in the UK have said they are closing on Wednesday to “stand in solidarity” with a nationwide protest at the number of young female clubbers being ... Read more »

Next batch of Sputnik Light vaccine delivered to Nicaragua — authorities

Earlier, the country received 220,000 doses of Sputnik V jab Read more »

Moldova resumes talks on Sputnik V vaccine purchase — Health Ministry

The authorities hope to sign the procurement contract as soon as possible, head of the ministry Alla Nemerenko said Read more »

Terrorists scale up activities near Tajik-Afghan border, says foreign minister

Sirojiddin Muhriddin emphasized that Tajikistan was not going to recognize the interim government in Kabul Read more »

Lack of consensus among experts sparks people's mistrust of vaccines — Russian researchers

More than half of the poll's participants (54%) view vaccination as a way for pharmaceutical companies and medical workers to earn money Read more »

Sweden probes foreign adoptions since 1950s over possible abuses

Sweden will launch an official investigation into the adoption of thousands of foreign children since the 1950s. The inquiry will look into possible “irregular” procedures that led to children being ... Read more »

US expert panel backs Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

A US advisory committee supported giving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages five to 11, clearing the way for the vaccine to become available to millions of children. The ... Read more »

Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID handling

A Brazilian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second-highest COVID-19 death toll. The ... Read more »

Ukrainian forces seize village of Staromaryevka — Donetsk Republic

In the wake of the village's seizure by the Ukrainian forces, tensions have soared along the engagement line Read more »

South Korean, Russian top diplomats discuss organization of Putin's visit to South Korea

Chung Eui-yong and Sergey Lavrov agreed to organize the Russian President's visit to the republic, as soon as the coronavirus situation stabilizes Read more »

Russia is probing into reports Kiev used Turkish drone in Donbass — Lavrov

Earlier, the Ukrainian armed forces' General Staff confirmed that the military had for the first time used in Donbass a Bayraktar drone of Turkish manufacture Read more »

Foreign cyberattack likely behind failure affecting Iranian gas stations — authorities

The attack disrupted the operation of all the 4,300 gas stations in the country, Head of Supreme Cyberspace Council Abolhassan Firouzabadi noted Read more »

Beijing proposes to create mechanism to fight terror in Afghanistan on basis of UN, SCO

The international community should urge the Taliban movement to cooperate in the fight against terrorist organizations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed Read more »

Billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma touring Dutch research institutes-SCMP

HONGKONG – Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has been touring Dutch research institutions to pursue his interests in agriculture technology, Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP)reported, quoting people ... Read more »

Santander's profit beats forecasts on solid UK market

By Jesús Aguado MADRID -Santander beat forecasts with a 24% rise in third-quarter net profit on the back of lower loan loss provisions and a strong performance in Britain. The ... Read more »

Turkish strike drone deliveries to Ukraine may destabilize Donbass situation — Kremlin

As the Dmitry Peskov stressed, "this does not contribute to settling this intra-Ukrainian problem" Read more »

Merkel looks on as Germany's newly elected parliament convenes

By Sarah Marsh BERLIN -Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel watched from a visitors’ gallery on Tuesday as a new, more diverse and younger parliament elected a woman from the centre-left ... Read more »

Switzerland recommends COVID-19 booster shots for over 65s, but not general population

BERLIN -Switzerland said on Tuesday it was recommending COVID-19 booster shots for people over 65 but not for the general population. The vaccinations would start from mid-November and should be ... Read more »

Chinese top diplomat calls on US, other Western countries to lift sanctions on Afghanistan

They should fulfill their primary obligations to support Afghanistan through its transition from difficulties to a new life, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted Read more »

Terrorists try to infiltrate neighboring countries in refugees' disguise — Lavrov

The current task on the agenda is to ease the effects of and control migration flows from Afghanistan, the Russian Foreign Minister pointed out Read more »

Miners, mixed earnings drag down European stocks

– European stocks slipped on Wednesday, with miners in the lead after concerns about Chinese intervention hit metal prices, while mixed corporate earnings reports kept investors on edge. The pan-European ... Read more »

Explainer-The toughest of tasks at U.N. climate talks: Article 6 on CO2 markets

By Nina Chestney Agreement on a market-based mechanism to allow countries to use international carbon offsets to meet goals set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement is among the most ... Read more »

Qatar's ruler says citizenship laws to be amended, slams excessive tribalism

By Andrew Mills DOHA – Qatar’s ruling emir on Tuesday warned the Gulf state against excessive tribalism he said endangered national unity, proposing a plan to promote equal citizenship through ... Read more »

Sudan capital locked down after coup triggers deadly unrest

By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM -Roads were blocked, shops were shut, phones were down and mosque loudspeakers blared calls for a general strike in Sudan on Tuesday, a day after the ... Read more »

Myanmar junta rebuked by SE Asian leaders after ASEAN summit no-show

By Ain Bandial BANDARSERIBEGAWAN -Southeast Asian leaders sharply criticised Myanmar’s junta as a regional summit opened on Tuesday without a representative from the country, following its top general’s exclusion for ... Read more »

Three migrants drown in Greece after boat sinks, more missing

ATHENS – Three migrants drowned on Tuesday while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece after a boat carrying about 27 people sank, the Greek coast guard said. Greece is ... Read more »

South African judge dismisses Zuma's attempt to remove prosecutor

JOHANNESBURG – A South African judge on Tuesday dismissed an application by former president Jacob Zuma to have the prosecutor in his arms deal corruption trial removed. Zuma, ousted by ... Read more »

Cleo Smith disappearance: Police search girl's family home for a third time but say her parents aren't suspects

West Australian Police have searched the home of missing four-year-old girl Cleo Smith for a third time, but say her parents are not suspects in her mysterious disappearance. Acting Police ... Read more »

Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor dies at 96

Sunao Tsuboi, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing who made opposing nuclear weapons the message of his life, including in a meeting with President Barack Obama in 2016, has ... Read more »

Taiwan Strait no obstacle to mainland China if armed conflict erupts — The Global Times

According to the article, even if Taiwan’s current authorities engage all possible forces and means to defend the island, this won’t change the overall correlation of the military potentials of mainland China and Taiwan Read more »

US top diplomat holds phone talk with Sudan's released premier

Following weeks-long protests, the Sudanese military arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several high-ranking officials and politicians in the small hours on Monday Read more »

East Asia Summit to address economy, post-pandemic recovery

The East Asia Summit is a strategic dialogue forum for Asia-Pacific leaders founded in 2005 to develop cooperation between ASEAN and its dialogue partners Read more »

No post-vaccination deaths registered in Russia so far — Gamaleya Center

"The old vaccine is so effective that it makes absolutely no sense to change it," he added Read more »

Kiev demonstrates reluctance to de-escalate Donbass conflict — Donetsk

The situation along the line of contact deteriorated sharply following the detention of an LPR observer Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic