UK trade minister finds power leaders at high gas prices

LONDON, Sept. 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s trade minister held an emergency meeting on Saturday with officials from Britain’s largest energy suppliers and operators to discuss a range of industries that could jeopardize the country’s meat supply.

The food industry has called for a subsidy for carbon dioxide (CO2) production, after high gas prices forced the closure of two fertilizer factories after the killing of two animals and an extension of the shelf for vacuum packaging. Life. Read more

The Minister of Commerce, Kwasi Quarting, was speaking to the executives of OFM, National Grid (NGL), Centrica (CANL) and EDFP. Ability to meet demand.

After European gas prices soared more than three times this year, the government took action, shutting down some small domestic suppliers and threatening other interconnected sectors. Read more

“Energy security is a top priority,” Quarting said. We are working closely with OFM and gas operators to control supply and demand.

The government has been in regular contact with food and agricultural enterprises. He is also contacting the Office of Civil Emergency Response.

The CO2 shortage for importing fizzy beer, cider and soft drinks comes as the food industry is already struggling with a shortage of heavy truck drivers, which has been blamed for the effects of COVID-19 and Brexit.

Nick Allen Saturday, the British Meat Processing Association, said the pork sector was two weeks away from hitting suppliers, and the British Poultry Council said its members were “on the edge of a knife” as only suppliers could guarantee up to 24 hours. Hours in advance.

Alan told Reuters that the government should have subsidized its energy supply to protect fertilizer production or to keep CO2 elsewhere.

The head of the British Poultry Council, Richard Griffiths, said he was working with the government to assess stock levels and implement emergency plans and warned that food shortages could be a national security issue.

Prisons and chickens will be left on the farm when CO2 is depleted, creating further issues of animal welfare, food supply and food waste, he said.

Report by Katie Holton; Edited by Alexander Smith and Edmund Blair

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