BRITS could face a bacon shortage if a blanket ban on all travel from Denmark lasts for months.
British farmers are scrambling to fill the gap after as 25 per cent of pork products sold in the UK come from the Scandi nation.
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British farmers are scrambling to fill the gap after as 25 per cent of pork products sold in the UK come from the Scandi nationCredit: ALAMY
Ministers imposed the travel ban – which includes freight driver – over the weekend after mutated forms of covid emerged from their mink farms.
Industry sources told The Sun they were “assessing the situation.”
Pork products from the mink-coved infested nations can still cross into the UK on ferries on “unaccompanied” trailers.
It means that as long as Danish drivers don’t cross with the pork cargo, it can continue its journey to the UK.
But the industry warned that a longer ban – or a ban on products from the country could lead to a shortage.
But Denis Lynn from Finnebrogue Artisan – which makes Britain’s biggest bacon brand Naked Bacon said they were prepared for an influx in demand.
He said: “Our nitrite-free Naked Bacon is made using pork from the British Isles.
“Our sales are up 70 per cent this year and we have kept the supermarket shelves stocked throughout the pandemic.
“We are prepared to meet additional demand if our competitors’ pork supply from Denmark is disrupted.”
Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, said the latest restrictions were “significant and unique.”
He warned that if the restrictions continue for a “long time” there could be “a potential disruption to bacon supplies in the UK.”
Meanwhile, Logistics UK, a freight trade body, said the industry was “agile” so “importers can switch between transport modes to ensure that products still arrive”.
In a statement it added: “Much of the ferry transport between the UK and Denmark is sent in unaccompanied trailers, so drivers simply collect their loads from ports, with no need to travel across the border.
“The industry will continue to maintain high levels of vigilance and follow all necessary health protocols to protect the UK.”
Downing Street said that they were keeping the response to the Mink outbreak under review.
A No10 spokesman said: “We will keep our response under constant review but the purpose of these measures is a precautionary step to safeguard public health… There is no evidence to suggest that this new strain is currently in the UK.”
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