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CO2 shortage - Saturday 30 June

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CO2 shortage

This morning the Telegraph splashed on the CO2 shortage, focusing on the impact this is having on meat supplies.

The article says several suppliers and food companies are beginning to slow or halt production, and calls for the government to exert more pressure on gas companies to act to prevent a shortage.

Further coverage appears in the Financial Times, Times, Daily Mail and The i.

We know industry is working hard on a solution and want to reassure UK businesses and consumers this is a short term production issue that CO2 producers are actively addressing.

Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:

We have been working closely with UK producers of CO2, and I have personally spoken to them, to seek assurances that they are working as fast as they can to get the plants back up and running.

We are assured by the industry that production should restart very shortly and return to full capacity quickly after.

A Government spokesperson said:

The Government is in regular contact with the UK food and drink sector, CO2 suppliers and trade associations to understand the impacts and timescales for restoration.

We understand this is a short-term issue and have been assured CO2 producers are working as fast as they can to get plants up and running again, with CO2 production set to start very shortly.

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