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Chicken shortages due to Brexit, not covid

Chicken supply chain shortages, that have caused problems for both KFC and Nando's in the last week, is the result of Brexit, says the boss of the British Poultry Council.

Richard Griffiths blamed worker shortages, a slight result of the pingdemic but mostly a result of lack of European workers post-Brexit.

"When you don't have people, you have a problem - and this is something we are seeing across the whole supply chain. The labour crisis is a Brexit issue," Mr Griffiths said, as reported by Sky News.

Currently, the poultry industry has around 16 per cent vacancies.

"The alarming number of gaps only continue to grow due to a government that continually acts against the best interests of British food producers," Richard Griffiths continued.

Limiting the number of foreign workers allowed into the UK and labelling workers low-skilled has jeopardised the ability to find staff and "made access to quality British food harder for people in this country."

"We have well-established ways of working with the food sector and are working closely with them to ensure businesses have the labour they need." A government spokesperson said.

"We are looking at ways to help the sector recruit more domestic labour and invest in automation in order to reduce the reliance on migrant workers coming into the UK."

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