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Turkeys won't be on Christmas menu if CO2 shortage persists
By Ben Makori - Reuters

21-09-2021

CHELMSFORD, England, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The traditional British Christmas dinner could be missing its centrepiece this year if a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by surging natural gas prices persists, leading turkey farmer Paul Kelly told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Kelly, who hatches 2 million of his own breed KellyBronze birds a year, accounting for 27% of all turkeys sold at Christmas, said CO2 was used in the slaughter process and more importantly to keep the product fresh.

"Carbon dioxide is used to extend shelf life, so when you put a turkey in a bag, you suck the air out and you blow carbon dioxide in and that stops the bugs growing, " he said.

"We can't create millions and millions of turkeys all in the week before Christmas, it has to be spread over a few weeks so if (CO2 production) really wasn't back up and running, it would be another car crash."

The shortage of CO2 will hit meat processing in a matter of days if supplies do not come back online, the industry has warned, which would the make the alternatives of a joint of beef or a goose also hard to find.

A gin and tonic could also be off the menu, with the carbonated drinks industry facing the same issue.

Later on Tuesday, Britain struck a deal with CF Industries for the U.S. company to restart the production of CO2. The gas is a byproduct of the fertiliser it produces at two plants in northern England and the company had halted operations due to the soaring price of gas. read more

The news will come as a relief to Kelly, who said the problem could be solved pretty quickly.
"The production facilities are there, it's just about turning it on again, and paying the gas bill," he said.

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That would be somewhat grim, no turkey for Christmas :( 

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1 hour ago, Rob Thompson said:

That would be somewhat grim, no turkey for Christmas :( 

Even grimmer for your pet goose.  Better fatten it up just in case.

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12 minutes ago, Santa Craig Maxwell said:

Even grimmer for your pet goose.  Better fatten it up just in case.

Whilst Gordon may be under the impression he is a pet,  he isn't ! :) 

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Sorry to hear / read about this for the some of you people! Really, the things we take for granted. I have The Jaindl's Turkey farm only 6 to 8 miles from our house and I go and walk into the Jaindl store that sells turkeys and only turkeys. Wait my turn and ask for a (typically 12 - 16 pounder) on the rare occasion they are out around Thanksgiving or Christmas, I go back the NEXT DAY & get what our family needs! I wish I could help you all out and buy them up and send them out to you ONE AND ALL.  BUT I don't believe I have the skills to purchase and deliver them to you! Sorry, OHHH WAIT, if @Drosselmeyer got that sleigh working, HE PROMISED ME A RIDE, MAYBE WE COULD MAKE A FEW DELIVERIES, IF HE IS ABLE TO MAKE SOME ROOM FOR US AND THE TURKEYS BOTH TO FIT! 

Let me talk to him about this! I'll see what I can do!  

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15 minutes ago, Schwindy said:

Sorry to hear / read about this for the some of you people! Really, the things we take for granted. I have The Jaindl's Turkey farm only 6 to 8 miles from our house and I go and walk into the Jaindl store that sells turkeys and only turkeys. Wait my turn and ask for a (typically 12 - 16 pounder) on the rare occasion they are out around Thanksgiving or Christmas, I go back the NEXT DAY & get what our family needs! I wish I could help you all out and buy them up and send them out to you ONE AND ALL.  BUT I don't believe I have the skills to purchase and deliver them to you! Sorry, OHHH WAIT, if @Drosselmeyer got that sleigh working, HE PROMISED ME A RIDE, MAYBE WE COULD MAKE A FEW DELIVERIES, IF HE IS ABLE TO MAKE SOME ROOM FOR US AND THE TURKEYS BOTH TO FIT! 

Let me talk to him about this! I'll see what I can do!  

Laughing here , a right pair of turkeys you are lol

 

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