Fears of food shortages as energy price rises force CO2 plants to shut down – The Times

The risk of serious food shortages caused by the shutdown of two of the UK’s biggest CO2 production sites has prompted the government to intervene in talks with the plants’ American owner.

CO2 is used by the NHS in hospitals and across the food sector: in the pig and poultry industry to stun animals in the slaughter process; in the production of some breaded products such as crumpets; in drinks, including sodas, beer and lager; to create dry ice, which is used to transport chilled food. The gas is also used in the plastic packaging of foods to prolong shelf life.

The two sites, at Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees and Ince in Cheshire, owned by CF Industries, halted production on Thursday because of soaring

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