Coronavirus: CGA led coalition warns risk of CO2 shortage


A coalition led by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), has submitted a letter to the US Vice-President Mike Pence expressing strong concern that the current coronavirus pandemic creates a significant risk of a shortage in carbon dioxide (CO2).

The coalition, which includes representatives from multiple food and beverage groups, has said that such a shortage would significantly impact access to essential food and beverage supplies as well as other essential sectors of the US economy.

CO2 is critical for the operations of food and beverage manufacturers that provide essential goods and services to the US. It is used in the processing, packaging, preservation, and shipping in many foods.

The letter, which was signed by leaders from the CGA, the North American Meat Institute, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association, has urged for immediate federal action to put manufacturing plants that support CO2 back into service during the coronavirus pandemic.

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