Soaring fuel costs in the United Kingdom are putting more pressure on turkey supplies — with less than 100 days until Christmas.
Rising gas costs are forcing UK fertilizer factories to shutter, limiting the supply of carbon dioxide, a byproduct of fertilizer production that’s used to stun pigs and poultry before they’re slaughtered, Fortune reported.
Two large US-owned fertilizer factories in the UK have closed, according to the outlet, and Norwegian firm Yara said it will cut production at a number of its plants in Europe.
The hit to the supply of carbon dioxide as well as the ongoing lack of workers in the meat and transportation industries is threatening to spark food shortages and keep Brits from their Christmas turkey dinners, experts are warning.
“With fewer than 100 days to go until Christmas, and already facing mounting labor shortages, the last thing British poultry production needs is more pressure,” British Poultry Council CEO Richard Griffiths said last week.
Griffiths added that the shortage could even “undermine UK food security.”
The British Meat Processors Association said last week that the carbon dioxide supply shortage lead to food shortages within just two weeks.
“This crisis highlights the fact that the British food supply chain is at the mercy of a small number of major fertilizer producers — four or five companies — spread across northern Europe,” Nick Allen, CEO of the BMPA, said.
A lack of workers throughout the meat industry is also exacerbating the supply issues, officials said.
The situation mirrors that in the US, where turkey farmers grappled this year with increasing supply costs and a labor shortage, The Post previously reported.
As many turkey producers were trying to decide how many birds to hatch for this year’s holiday season, corn prices began ticking up, forcing many farmers to pull back on their supply for fear that the investment would not pay off.
Now, as Thanksgiving approaches, supermarkets are seeing their turkey orders slashed by as much as 50 percent.