In the United Kingdom, there has been an acute CO2 shortage, and that also affects the food chain. It is not unlikely that this results in empty shelves.
Due to the closure of two fertilizer factories, due to the high gas prices, significantly less CO2 is produced. This by-product is gratefully taken by slaughterhouses, which use it to stun animals during the slaughter process. Beverage manufacturers also use CO2 to add carbon dioxide to beer and soft drinks. CO2 is also used to pack food.
Due to the impending shortage, dark clouds hang over the British food supply. Representatives of the meat sector say that some slaughterhouses only have stock until the end of this week. There are no alternatives to stunning animals. This means that meat processing may come to a halt very soon. British farmers are also closely following the situation. When the slaughter process stagnates, the cattle cannot leave and there is a threat of overcrowded stables with all the consequences that this entails.
At this time of year preparations are being made for the production of turkeys, which are at the top of the British Christmas menu. Butcheries say this party will not happen unless a solution is found quickly. The government is being looked at to solve this problem.
Apart from the CO2 deficit, the British food sector is already facing problems. Among other things, a lack of staff. As a result of Brexit, many migrant workers have left. The quarantine obligations around corona are also causing a stir. Just last week the news came out that the milk is no longer collected in some places.