The UK government has asked figures in the food and drink industry for their views on how major power outages could affect food supplies in the nation. In recent days, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has contacted industry groups asking to be briefed on how a temporary loss of power could impact food reaching supermarket shelves across the country.
A government spokesperson stated: “This is not something we expect to happen. The UK has a highly resilient food supply chain, as demonstrated throughout the Covid-19 response, and we engage extensively with stakeholders across the whole food supply chain to ensure we are ready for all eventualities, even the ones we don’t expect to happen.”
“The UK’s secure and diverse energy supplies will ensure households, businesses and industry can be confident they can get the electricity and gas they need.”
The government is believed to be braced for possible disruption to energy supplies this winter, as well as soaring prices that could affect both households and industry.