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Britain's turkey farmers will do their best to ensure Christmas "is as normal as it can be" but shortages are likely, an industry representative has warned.
Many Brits will be forced to go without a Christmas turkey this year because of Brexit labour shortages, MPs were told this afternoon.
Export health certificates on food from the EU will now only be needed from July 1 next year - instead of October 1 under previous plans - after a crisis of lost lorry drivers and empty shelves.
The sector relies on labour from the EU that is no longer available, producer Paul Kelly of KellyBronze said.
The comments came after Nando's announced that 45 of its restaurants would temporarily shut due to supply chain disruptions and KFC said some of its products would not be available.
Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said the ban on so-called 'low skilled' workers has been a hammer blow to the supply chain - and therefore to chicken-lovers everywhere.
A shortage of chicken, which forced restaurants like Nando's and KFC to close or change their menu, is being blamed on Brexit.
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.
The British Meat Processors Association and the British Poultry Council are demanding urgent action from ministers to protect food supplies as the festive favourite is put at risk
The UK faces shortages of British-produced meat as problems with recruitment continue, the industry has warned.
New Brexit checks introduced in January are continuing to restrict trade between the UK and EU, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.