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Meats Processing Industry Warns Of Shortage Due To Shortage In CO2 Supply

Meats Processing Industry Warns Of Shortage Due To Shortage In CO2 Supply
Warnings of a likely shortage of meat in the UK market have bene sounded by the processing industry because supplies of carbon dioxide (CO2) might not begin regular services until another two to three weeks.
Because of longer than expected shutdowns of ammonia and ethanol plants in the UK and also across Europe, which are the crucial producers of CO2, its shortage has affected the production of crumpets, beer, fizzy drinks, fresh chicken and pork.
In recent times, the market has been hit by the closure of three of five key UK CO2 production units despite one of the plants reopening on Monday.
The important usage of CO2 in the farm sector includes the killing of farm animals and the extension of the shelf-life of fresh meat and poultry when they are in vacuum-sealed and packaged. The hot June weather has increased the demand for fresh meat for barbecues in the UK.
UK beer and chicken supplies could get hurt during the football World Cup because of CO2 shortage.
The CO2 shortage could take two to three weeks to normalize and that it is causing significant disruption throughout the meat supply chain, said Nick Allen, the chief executive of the British Meat Producers’ Association.
“We are hoping that the increase in CO2 production will happen quickly,” Allen said. “We have a number of plants that will be in difficulty by the end of the week if supplies do not materialise and it will be very difficult to keep everyone stocked with meat. We are still expecting plants to be experiencing problems over the next two to three weeks until normal supplies are fully restored.”
And in order to make sure than consumers do not face shortages of meat in shops and restaurants, improvisation is being done by some plants like altering the packaging methods, Allen said.
The amount of fizzy soft drinks people could buy had been capped by the supermarket giant Asda, the company annou8nced over the weekend. Six bottles or multipacks of soft drinks online is the cap imposed by the retailer.
On eth other hand there was some good news for football fans and beer drinkers because a near normal supply of beer and fizzy drinks was announced by the pub chain JD Wetherspoon. It said that people would have enough to drink during Tuesday’s crucial World Cup match of England.
A spokesman for the pub giant said: “A high number of our pubs had been unable to serve three products on draft – John Smith’s, Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruit. Supplies of these products across all of the company’s pubs is almost back to normal and the issue is set to be resolved by Tuesday morning. So in effect we are getting back to normal and no more issues are expected.”

Christopher J. Mitchell

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