The government have said they are “confident” there will be enough turkeys for Christmas which has also been confirmed by Bernard Matthews who are poultry farmers.
David Kennedy, director-general for food, farming and biodiversity from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the there has been a good uptake of foreign poultry workers and that 800 butcher’s visas will be provided.
He said, “I think we’re confident, and if you listened last week to the chief executive of Bernard Matthews he was saying there is enough capacity now in terms of turkeys for Christmas.
“More generally I think there is an HGV issue which is affecting the whole of the food system. We monitor that closely.
“The current supply situation is reasonably stable. It’s not at the ideal level but it’s not in a bad place at all.”