UK SUPERMARKETS are two weeks away from running out of British meat, industry experts have warned.
Soaring energy prices have led to a drop off in CO2 supplies, impacting the meat industry’s ability to slaughter animals humanely.
Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, said manufacturers have between five and 15 days’ CO2 supply left.
Fertiliser plants have closed down due to the rising cost of energy – this has a knock on effect on the meat industry which uses the waste CO2 produced by the factories.
Mr Allen told Sky News that the factories, which accound for 60% of CO2 production, closed “at very short notice with no warning”.
The shortage will particularly impact supplies of pork and chicken, as 80% of pigs and poultry are slaughtered using CO2.
He added: “Then they will have to stop. That means animals will have to stay on farms.
“That will cause farmers huge animal welfare problems and British pork and poultry will stay off the shelves.
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