Industry leaders warn that pork and chicken could “disappear from the shelves in the coming weeks.” Soaring wholesale gas prices can lead to food shortages.
Due to soaring fuel costs, there is a shortage of carbon dioxide used for slaughter.
Nick Allen, CEO of the British Meat Processors Association, warned that meat shortages could begin within a few weeks and said the effects of soaring gas prices were “absolutely scary.”
“Very simply, if you can’t slaughter poultry or pigs humanely, you can see British poultry and pork disappearing from the shelves within a few weeks,” he told SkyNews.
“The impact it has on the farm level is absolutely horrifying. From our point of view, this needs to be taken seriously now.”
Allen asked what farmers could do with non-slaughterable animals and said the results could be “unthinkable.”
“What happens at the farm level where these animals are left on the farm? What are the farmers going to do with them? Some of the consequences here are unthinkable, and that’s the government. That’s why it’s really important to stick to this. It requires some level of government intervention. ”
That was after Ofgem, a former energy regulator head, warned that gas prices could remain high for the rest of the year.
“I don’t know what can be done in a very short period of time. I think the lights will stay on because there are relatively diverse gas sources in the UK,” said Dermot Nolan on BBC Radio 4. I told the Today program.
“But I think the high prices for gas and electricity are likely to continue for the next three to four months.”
Mr. Nolan said there were multiple reasons behind the price increase, including the decline in inventories following the cold winter last year, the decline in gas supply from Russia, and the surge in demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia.
Executive Secretary Kwasi Kwaten met with energy suppliers on Saturday to discuss the effects of rising prices, but claimed that the government did not anticipate a shortage during the winter.