Supply of carbon dioxide (CO2) may not return to normal for another two to three weeks is probably causing the lack of meat for British buyers – the processing industry has warned.
Production of donuts, beer, sodas, fresh chicken and pork were affected by the shortage of CO2 in the last two weeks, amid more-than-expected shutdowns at ammonia and ethanol plants, major gas producers in the UK and throughout Europe.
CO2 shortage may hit in the UK supplying beer and chicken during the world Cup
Three of the five key British producers of CO2 have been closed, hitting the country particularly hard, although one of them – the factory in Billingham, Durham resumed on Monday.
CO2 is used to kill animals, as well as extend the shelf life of fresh meat and poultry in vacuum packaging. The demand for fresh meat on the barbecue and sweating in the hot June weather.
The production of food CO2
Nick Allen, Executive Director of the British meat processors Association, said that the deficit of CO2 continues to cause significant disruptions throughout the supply chain of meat and can take two to three weeks for delivery to return to normal life.
“We hope that the increase in CO2 production will happen quickly,” Allen said. “We have a number of plants that will be in trouble by the end of the week if delivery has not taken place, and it will be very hard to keep everything stocked meat. We are still waiting for the plants experience problems in the next two to three weeks, while normal supplies will be fully restored.”
How the food industry uses CO2
According to Allen, some plants have to improvise – for example, when changing packing methods to ensure that consumers do not experience shortage in stores and restaurants.
Amid Calls for Ministers to intervene in the growing crisis, the Department of environment, food and rural Affairs (DEFRA) was to hold a meeting of the food chain emergency liaison group on Monday which affected government departments, industry and trade associations, will share relevant information.
Last weekend, the supermarket giant Asda said it was limiting the number of carbonated soft drinks people can buy. This limits the buyers in six of the bottles or packaging of soft drinks online.
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However, in a boost for football fans and beer lovers, pubs chain JD Wetherspoon said that his delivery was almost back to normal and it will be business as usual before the World Cup match England on Tuesday evening.
Features of the pub, which was not able to serve a few Beers and ciders on draft, said that the situation should be resolved on Tuesday morning – just hours before a knockout showdown against England Columbia.
The press Secretary said, “a large number of our institutions could not serve three of the product on the project – John Smith’s, Strongbow and Strongbow dark fruit. The supply of these products across the company’s pubs are almost back to normal, and the issue will be resolved on Tuesday morning. So we get back to normal, and expected no more questions”.