On September 18, 2021, domestic gas rings on a stove caught fire in Manchester, England. Reuters / Phil Noble
September 18, 2021
LONDON (Reuters) – The UK food industry has called on the government to subsidize the production of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the face of rising gas prices or the country’s meat industry at risk of collapse.
Rising gas prices have led to the closure of two UK fertilizer plants, removing CO2 by-products from food producers used to vacuum-pack food and extend shelf life by wonder animals before processing meat . Rice field.
The reduction of CO2, which is also used to add fizz to beer, cider and soft drinks, has come at a terrifying time for the food industry, which is already suffering from severe shortages of truckers and the effects of Brexit and COVID-19. is facing. Growth. ..
Nick Allen of the British Meat Processors Association said on Saturday that the pig sector was two weeks away before hitting the buffer, but the British Poultry Council said suppliers could only guarantee deliveries of up to 24, so members said it was ” knife edge”. a few hours ago.
Trade Minister Quasi Kwaten was due to meet with leaders of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers and operators on Saturday to discuss the situation. He said he did not expect a supply emergency this year due to various sources.
But the food industry said it needed more help.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” Allen told Reuters, and given the exceptional circumstances, the government subsidizes CO2 from either electricity or elsewhere to sustain fertilizer production. He said they needed to buy.
British Poultry Council secretary Richard Griffiths said he was working with the government to assess inventory levels and implement emergency response plans, but disruptions in food supplies could be a national security issue. I was warned that there was.
The lack of CO2 in a slaughterhouse leaves pigs and chickens on the farm, creating additional problems for animal welfare, the food supply, and food waste. “I hope the government’s quick action can avoid this.”
A spokesperson said the government is in close contact with the food and agriculture industry to help manage it.
(Reporting by Kate Holton, Edited by Alexander Smith)