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The UK’s meat industry labour shortage could threaten Christmas food supplies, warns the British Meat Processors Association. This is according to The Beefsite. Meat companies are already behind on their Christmas production schedules for more complicated lines such as pigs in blankets and gammon roasts.
However, a solution has been provided to help abattoirs, butchers and meat processors. According to an article published by BBC, prisoners and ex-inmates will help plug labour shortages. The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers told the BBC that the industry had about 14 000 job vacancies. The shortage has been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit.
The industry body said businesses would seek to link up with prisons that contain prisoners who are part of the release on temporary licence (ROTL) programme. ROTL is a risk-assessed temporary release programme that inmates in open prisons use to gain work experience to help them in their transition back into the community. – Ursula Human, AgriOrbit