The National Pig Association has warned that about 120,000 pigs will be kept on farms due to a shortage of workers in slaughterhouses, and the British Poultry Council hopes to reduce turkey production by 20 per cent by Christmas. On Monday, outside the Conservative Party convention in Manchester, protesters gathered with posters reading “All we want for Christmas is our pigs in blankets” and “Severbagon.”
Consumers have already predicted shortages. A farmer in Leeds said last month, customers had already ordered 3,500 turkeys to be raised for Christmas – for the first time.
The shortage of truck drivers has led to shortages between staple foods, including eggs, milk and baking products. One in six people in the UK said they could not afford to buy some staples in recent weeks. According to the National Institute of StatisticsThis includes about 3,500 families.
Some consumers interviewed in recent days said they have no problem finding what they want in supermarkets. But Mariam Mahdi, 22, who went to university last month from Italy to Colchester in southeastern England, said she had trouble finding staples at Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain.
“All dry foods like canned pasta and fruit go away every day,” he said. Tesco did not respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, 200 uniformed men arrived at refineries to bring fuel to gas stations. Half of them drive civilian cars, while the rest provide logistical support. “As an extra precaution, we hired additional drivers,” Mr Sunak said.
Over the weekend, the government said Thousands of temporary visas for foreign workers working in the UK have been extended for months from next year.. But economists say temporary visas may not be enough to make a big difference because there is a shortage of every link in the supply chain.
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