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Christmas dinner could be ‘cancelled’ as meat supplies ‘may run out in two weeks’

Everyone knows one of the best things about Christmas is the dinner.

Many Christmas fans will be heartbroken to learn that their main meal could be at risk.

Because major food producers have warned that meat supplies may run out within two weeks.

Kwasi Kwarteng (Business Secretary) has been locked in crisis talks and negotiations with energy bosses.

According to The Sun’s report, Whitehall hosted high-level talks as rising gas prices threatened the supply and production of food.

One of the country’s biggest meat firms said Christmas dinners could be off.

Empty supermarket fridges
Experts say meat supplies may run out in two weeks

Meanwhile, Ocado said it was unable to deliver frozen goods due to a ­shortage of dry ice produced by ­carbon dioxide (CO2).

A shutdown of two fertiliser plants in the north of England — which produces CO2 as a by-product — has caused big issues in meat supply and other foods.

The factories had to close due to the high gas prices after providing 60& of domestic production of commercial CO2.

This gas is used to stun livestock before they are slaughtered and to pack food to extend their shelf life.

Nick Allen, British Meat Processors Association boss, said that businesses can continue for less than two weeks until CO2 stocks run dry and that no meat will be made available.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has reportedly been locked in crisis talks

He said: “Everyone is outraged these fertiliser plants can shut down without warning and take something so essential to the supply chain off-stream just like that.”

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, also said Christmas could be “cancelled”.

He commented: “The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now, with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be cancelled.”

One meat industry figure said getting hold of CO2 was “hand to mouth” said that the public should expect to see price rises in shops in the next few weeks and months.

Mr Kwarteng reportedly held crisis meetings yesterday with energy bosses including Centrica and EDF where the “impact” of high global prices was talked about but there were no current supply concerns.

Industry figures said there is already a “perfect storm” over the Christmas run-up and a shortage of haulage drivers.

There are fears that four smaller energy companies may go out of business next week, with larger companies looking to take over a million customers.

Due to the lack of tariffs in the market, Compare The Market, a popular online comparison site, has stopped offering energy quotes.

The Environment Department said: “We have had extensive meetings with representatives from the meat production and processing sectors, and are continuing those conversations this weekend.”

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Christmas dinner could be 'cancelled' as meat supplies 'may run out in two weeks'
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