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British Meat Processors Association (BMPA)
Nan Jones, Technical Policy Manager at the British Meat Processors Association, discusses the chronic labour shortage the meat sector is facing and asks why the situation has come to this.
The BMPA claims the UK Government has made it “doubly difficult” to recruit new butchers as a result of Brexit and a lack of funding for education courses.
Seafood firms affected by the increased Brexit bureaucracy expressed their frustration at the government for what they see as a lack of support over border delays.
The online supermarket has warned of an increase in substitutions and potential price hikes as COVID-19 and Brexit combine to put food retailers under pressure.
The BMPA says that unless vaccines are distributed among the UK’s food workers, the country’s supermarkets could soon see shortages.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is worried that without contingency plans, companies will not be able to get their products out of the country come 1 January 2021.
The £8.7 billion trade in meat, the bulk of which currently flows seamlessly to and from the EU and keeps the just-in-time food supply chain moving, is about to run into a huge brick wall.
Proposed procedures for importing and exporting of goods are “convoluted, expensive and will seriously hamper trade with other countries”, says BMPA.
Unless a number of key issues are urgently addressed, £1.2 billion of annual meat exports will be at risk along with thousands of jobs in the meat and livestock sector, according to BMPA.
UK regulation currently states that red meat should have a shelf life of no longer than 10 days, but a BMPA study has provided evidence which reportedly proves it is safe to extend this.