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Supermarkets and restaurants face shortages of carbonated drinks and meat AGAIN due to concerns about dealing with CO2

SUPERmarkets and restaurants are facing shortages of carbonated drinks, bread and meat again as the deal to keep CO2 supplies comes to an end.

Brits could face more empty shelves within weeks if there is more CO2 disruption.

Last year, shoppers faced empty shelves due to lack of CO2 and 'pandemic'

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Last year, shoppers faced empty shelves due to lack of CO2 and ‘pandemic’Credit: Alamy

Last year, there was a shortage of food and drink in supermarkets and fast food chains due to lack of vitality.

It is needed to make carbonated drinks, slaughter livestock and keep packaged products fresh.

McDonald’s out of milkshakes and carbonated drinks and KFC and Nando’s both are affected by chicken shortages during the summer.

Between September 22 and October 3, up to eight million Britons were cannot buy essential food items.

In September, the government secured an agreement with US company CF Industries, which produces more than half of the UK’s CO2, to continue producing the gas.

But that deal is only in effect until the end of January, making future CO2 production uncertain.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) says the supply of carbonated drinks, meat and bread can be bumped back.

But the business division said it did not expect “any significant disruption to essential food supplies,” according to BBC.

The Sun has contacted the department for further comment.

Kate Halliwell, FDF’s chief scientific officer, said she was concerned that there would be further CO2 shortages, leading to empty store shelves.

She also warned that it could lead to higher prices for customers who already find it difficult cost of living increases.

“We are concerned that with just a few days left before that deal closes, and energy prices are still very high, there will be another CO2 shortage,” she said.

“This could lead to a scarcity of products that we find on supermarket shelves – adding pressure to families already facing high food price inflation.

“We will continue to work with the Government on this. It is vital that we work together to ensure supplies can continue and that we build long-term resilience to food-grade CO2 production. ”

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