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U-turn expected on temporary visas for non-UK butchers

Ministers now paying attention to warnings about labour shortage, says Britain’s meat industry

The government is expected to back down over temporary visas for foreign butchers, as the food industry said ministers were beginning to listen to its warnings about the impact of staffing shortages.

The expected intervention comes several weeks after farmers began culling healthy livestock because of a lack of staff in abattoirs where the animals are meant to be processed.

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