In the UK, as the supply chain is working on CO today, there is “about 10 days” before the supply of chicken, pork and baked goods runs out.2 Shortages, industry figures warn.
Poultry industry said producers will be forced to take urgent steps to save CO2 Plants have only 1 to 5 days of carbon dioxide supply, so supply for the next few days.
Carbon dioxide is used to stun animals in slaughter and food packaging processes. It is also used in carbonated drinks, beer, cheese, fruits and vegetables, and crumpets.
But last week, soaring natural gas prices caused a shortage after production was shut down at two fertilizer plants in northern England.
Fertilizer plants play an important role in the production of carbon dioxide. The two plants, Cheshire and Teesside, account for 60% of the UK’s CO.2 supply.
Ian Wright, CEO of the Food and Beverage Federation (FDF), said the shortage is likely to mean that pork, chicken and other meat products will begin to disappear from the menu at some point next week. Stated.
He told BBC Radio 4 today Program: “Poultry production [will] Perhaps by the end of this week it will begin to erode very, very seriously. The same is true for pig production, and we know that bakery and meat packaging production is probably only a week behind.
Therefore, it’s probably only 10 days before consumers, shoppers, and diners realize that these products aren’t available. “
A spokesman for the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said Me On Monday, carbon dioxide deficiency will affect pork and chicken in particular.2 Used in full process. ”
They added: “Meat prices will probably rise and will run short if CO is not available.2 Really, really quickly. “
Executive Secretary Kwasi Kwaten told Congress on Monday that the government was “minute-by-minute” scrutiny of the situation and “sought a very thoroughly possible way to secure critical supplies.” Said. [of CO2]..
However, key figures in the agricultural sector warned that millions of animals could be disposed of if a solution could not be reached in the next few days.
Livestock cannot enter the food chain unless killed at a slaughterhouse, but too many animals are kept “on the farm”, creating welfare problems. This means that farmers can quickly be forced to sort livestock such as pigs and chickens.
Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of the British Poultry Council (BPC), told the BBC: [poultry] The country consumes about 30 to 35 million birds per week. If you run out of CO, it will be a big deal.2 Birds cannot be processed at slaughterhouses. That’s really the worst scenario. “
BPC spokesman said Me The fact of CO made the problem even more complicated2 Used in the selection process on the farm. “It’s as if the story couldn’t get any worse,” they said.
This situation calls for a rethinking of the UK’s current supply and demand system in the food industry.
“For weeks, we’ve said that the just-in-time system that underpins both the supermarket and the hospitality industry is the most tense in the last 40 years,” Wright said.
The just-in-time supply chain system was first introduced in the UK by supermarket giant Tesco in the 1980s to reduce costly on-site inventory.
This system helped Tesco rescue Tesco from the brink of collapse in the 1970s and become one of the largest retailers in the world.
The grocery chain has switched from infrequent, large-scale food deliveries to stores to smaller, more frequent deliveries to centralized distribution centers, eliminating the need for costly in-store inventory. By doing so, Tesco was able to lower consumer prices.
Most major retailers quickly switched to a similar model. This has been successful over the last few decades.
However, the pandemic helped uncover vulnerabilities in just-in-time systems as customers stockpiled in supply uncertainty.
BMPA CEO Nicholas Ryan said the crisis “also highlights the fact that the UK food supply chain is at the mercy of a few major fertilizer producers across Northern Europe.” rice field.
“We rely on by-products from their production process to keep the UK food chain running,” he said.