PIGSITE 08/01/21 BMPA warns that the UK risks food shortages if food factory workers are not prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine. The BMPA is again calling on Government to follow the example of America’s Centre for Disease Control as well as World Health Organisation guidance, and place frontline workers in meat factories on the list of early vaccine recipients.
The risk of more rapid spread of the virus amongst key workers, coupled with expected disruption of food supplies at our ports as the full effects of Brexit begin to unfold, pose a severe challenge to the industry and to the smooth running of the nation’s food supply chain. Nick Allen, CEO of BMPA explains: “As the new coronavirus variant takes hold across the whole of the UK, we are hearing widespread reports of rapidly rising absences in the food supply chain.
In some cases, notably in the supermarket sector, companies are seeing a tripling of staff having to take time off work through illness or enforced self-isolation”. Meat factories warn Covid absences could hit supplies. BBC 07/01/21 Meat factories warn Covid absences could hit supplies. LE MONDE 28/10/20 Royaume-Uni : « En pleine pandémie, on ne peut se permettre un Brexit sans accord » Quand Carolyn Fairbairn a pris, en novembre 2015, la tête de la Confederation of British Industry (CBI), le patronat britannique, des proches lui avaient lancé : « Ça risque d’être très ennuyeux. » « Le premier ministre, David Cameron, avait décroché, quelques mois plus tôt, une majorité absolue ; le Royaume-Uni connaissait la plus forte croissance des pays du G7 ; 2,2 millions d’emplois avaient été créés et Donald Trump était encore l’animateur de “The Apprentice” [une émission de télé-réalité] », sourit-elle.
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The military may be drafted in to airdrop food to the Channel Islands under emergency plans drawn up by the government to protect the UK if a second coronavirus wave coincides with a no-deal Brexit. A Cabinet Office 'reasonable worst-case scenario' document, leaked to The Sun newspaper, also warns the Navy may be needed to stop British fishermen clashing with European fishing boat incursions. James O'Brien delivers blunt message to Brexiteers after EU threatens legal action against UK James O'Brien asks whether Brexiteer regret voting to leave the EU now Britain faced a legal challenge from Brussels. SKY 30/07/20 Coronavirus, Brexit and climate change threaten food security for millions in the UK.
A Minister for Food Security is urgently needed to deal with the threat posed by COVID-19, Brexit and climate change, according to a cross-party group of MPs.
METRO_CO_UK 23/08/20 ‘Water rationing and food shortages’ if second wave clashes with no-deal Brexit. The Government is preparing for power outages, economic chaos and public unrest if a second wave of coronavirus coincides with a disorderly no-deal Brexit, according to leaked emergency plans.
A classified Powerpoint presentation delivered to ministers warns of food and fuel shortages around Christmas if lorries get stuck at Dover, while 1,500 soldiers are already on standby – ready to hit the streets to help police deal with potential disorder. The document put together by the Cabinet Office’s EU Transition Task Force also warns of price hikes, power outages, water rationing and animal disease tearing through the countryside due to a shortage of medicines. Military airdrops may be needed to supply food and medicine the Channel Islands and Royal Navy could be needed to protect British fisherman from illegal EU boat excursions, according to the leaked plans seen by The Sun.
INDEPENDENT 20/07/20 Brexit: Food shortage fears as three quarters of UK hauliers face being locked out of EU. Three quarters of UK hauliers face being shut of the EU if there is no Brexit trade deal, sparking fresh fears about shortages of food and other goods.
Permits would be made available for only 2,088 businesses from January, a trade group is warning – a massive drop on the 8,348 that were registered for journeys last year. The Freight Transport Association (FTA), said companies, already under financial strain because of coronavirus, needed a solution to be found within weeks, as it prepares for its “Christmas peak”. CSMONITOR 28/05/20 Brexit’s benefits? How food security prep set up UK for pandemic.
When planning for Brexit, the British government spent several billion pounds making preparations in case the country pulled out of the European Union without an agreement.
That included a concerted look at food security, for good reason: Britain imports fully half of its food. This extensive pre-Brexit planning has proved a boon in the last few months, as it has softened the disruptive blow of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet as the United Kingdom begins reopening after two months under lockdown, analysts say the coronavirus has still exposed an unacceptably high vulnerability of food dependency that must now be dealt with. One challenge has been reshaping the “just-in-time” delivery system that the U.K. has relied upon for decades to bring fresh produce as cost effectively as possible to store shelves.
AGRILAND_IE 10/09/20 Report: Slight increase in EU agri-food trade despite Brexit and Covid. Continued strong exports of EU pork and wheat helped to mitigate the trade challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit in the first five months of 2020, according to the latest agri-food trade report from the European Commission (EC).
The Monitoring European Agri-food Trade: Developments January – May 2020 report states that as a result of these challenges, the monthly values of EU27 member states’ exports and imports in May 2020 decreased by 7.5% and 4.5% respectively, below the level of the previous month. However, between January and May 2020, the total value of EU27 agri-food exports rose by 2% compared to the same period in 2019, reaching €75.8 billion.