There may be a Christmas Turkey shortage this year, farmers warn
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Consumers may be facing a shortage of turkeys this holiday season due to supply chain challenges plaguing the industry.
The U.K. announced over the weekend that it will issue thousands of emergency visas to 5,500 for poultry workers in order to help fix supply-chain problems after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government resisted easing immigration rules, despite warnings from businesses that the driver shortage could lead to a Christmas without turkey or toys for many British families.
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However, experts claim that the visa changes came too late and that poultry producers have already scaled back on processing the turkeys, according to the BBC.
"It is the supermarket shelves that will be emptier of turkeys this year than they have been before, only because there have been less turkeys placed on the ground; only because the big processers know that they will not get them processed," Kate Martin, chairwoman of the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association, told the BBC.