Threat from CO2 shortage spreads to food producers


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Food and drink producers on Thursday warned that a carbon dioxide shortage threatens to halt production and disrupt supply chains across Britain, prompting the UK government to say it was “working to find a solution” to the problem.

The British Poultry Council warned there was a “severe lack” of CO2 that threatened meat production, and said eight or nine factories collectively responsible for between 50-60 per cent of all poultry produced in the UK were running low. A spokesperson said the government was “aware” of the Europe-wide CO2 shortage, which is affecting the meat and fizzy drinks industries in particular and comes as the World Cup drives demand for their products.

The gas is used by meat producers to stun birds and pigs as part of the slaughter process, and to package fresh meat to extend its shelf life. It is also what gives some drinks their “fizz” and is used in draft beer pumps.


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Food and drink producers on Thursday warned that a carbon dioxide shortage threatens to halt production and disrupt supply chains across Britain, prompting the UK government to say it was “working to find a solution” to the problem.

The British Poultry Council warned there was a “severe lack” of CO2 that threatened meat production, and said eight or nine factories collectively responsible for between 50-60 per cent of all poultry produced in the UK were running low. A spokesperson said the government was “aware” of the Europe-wide CO2 shortage, which is affecting the meat and fizzy drinks industries in particular and comes as the World Cup drives demand for their products.

The gas is used by meat producers to stun birds and pigs as part of the slaughter process, and to package fresh meat to extend its shelf life. It is also what gives some drinks their “fizz” and is used in draft beer pumps.


“Whilst this is an issue for industry, the government is in contact with the relevant companies and trade associations, including those within the food and drink sector and main CO2 suppliers,” said a government spokesperson.

One British poultry factory was down to “one day’s supply”, said the BPC, and without additional gas the situation “could quickly become critical”. It said it hoped the government would step in should the CO2 supply run out entirely. Helen Munday, chief scientific officer at the Food and Drink Federation, called on the government to “act with urgency” to ensure adequate supplies.

Ian Wright, director-general of the FDF, said: “No one is going to starve but we’ll see gaps beginning to appear on supermarket shelves and choice restricted over probably quite a long period.”

He added that the disruption demonstrated “the sensitivity of the food supply chain and how very easy it is for a random event to disrupt supply chains”.

If production is halted or reduced, every part of a series of complex supply chains — including retailers, restaurants and storage and logistics companies — would feel the bite. In February, the damage such disruption can cause was thrown into sharp relief when fast food restaurant KFC closed more than half its outlets in the UK following a delivery malfunction.

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