C02 shortages now. Christmas is cancelled, chirps the Guardian.
UK carbon dioxide shortage could ‘cancel Christmas’, warns turkey supplier
Owner of Bernard Matthews says supply of poultry will be affected and urges government to act
Sat 18 Sep 2021 19.59 BST
The owner of the UK’s biggest poultry supplier has added his voice to UK food producers’ concerns over a shortage of carbon dioxide gas, saying the supply of turkeys for Christmas will be affected.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, said the closure of two large fertiliser plants in Teesside and Cheshire – which produce CO2 as a byproduct – due to a sharp rise in gas prices has hit supply to the food industry, already affected by a shortage of workers.
CO2 is essential to the humane slaughter of livestock, extends the shelf life of products and is vital to cooling systems for refrigeration purposes, industry leaders have said.
Boparan said: “There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies.”
He said that “the gaps on the shelves” that he had warned about in July were “getting bigger by the day”.
Boparan continued: “The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now, with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be cancelled.
UK carbon dioxide shortage could force farmers to cull pigs
Soaring energy prices slow production of gas used to stun animals before slaughter in abattoirs
Fri 17 Sep 2021 18.37 BST
Britain’s pig farmers are the latest casualty of the worsening energy crisis which threatens to trigger a shortage of carbon dioxide used across the food and drinks industry.
Rocketing gas prices have caused a Europe-wide slowdown for some chemical factories that produce fertiliser, a byproduct of which is carbon dioxide, used in fizzy drinks and beer as well as in the meat industry to stun animals before slaughter.
Meat industry representatives have warned that farmers may imminently be required to begin “humane” pig culls because of a looming shortage of carbon dioxide to slaughter the backlog of animals destined for abattoirs that are already understaffed amid labour shortages.
It would be the first time that farmers would be required to destroy their animals en masse since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease two decades ago forced the government to send the army to British farms to cull livestock.
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But, but....hang on. From 2018:
CO2 shortage a chance to move away from 'cruel, archaic' use of gas to slaughter farm animals, say campaigners
The idea that carbon dioxide is a kind way to kill animals is a myth, claim welfare groups, calling for a ban on the gas
Saturday 30 June 2018
So it's INhumane to use it? And there was a shortage of it three years ago?
Supplies of carbon dioxide used in industry and food production have plummeted after several gas producers in northern Europe went offline for maintenance, according to Gasworld. Maintenance shutdowns of plants in the UK have exacerbated the problem.
Are they still
"offline" for maintenance?