5: FOOD SHORTAGES: THE NIGHTMARE IS JUST BEGINNING
[It seems that a coordinated attack on our food supply is underway.]
UK: Another huge fire at animal feed facility Massive blaze destroys animal feeds firm Rumenco, in Derby Road, which is a leading national and international supplier of high quality animal feed solutions.
This is just the latest in a number of “Spontaneous Combustion” fires at food production facilities.
A large fire at an animal feed factory in Burton-upon-Trent.
Firefighters from at least five stations have attended the scene in Rumenco on Derby Road, after reports of a huge plume of smoke.
Witnesses reported seeing a plume of black smoke filling the air which can now be seen as far as seven miles away.
There are no reports of any injuries at this stage.
Martin Davies, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said chemicals had been released during the fire and urged residents living downwind from the blaze to stay indoors with windows and doors shut.
Mr Davies adds: "We've been operating on site extinguishing it with water and trying to control the fire - we now have it under control."
The factory have released a statement saying:
"This morning at 7:30am, our factory on Derby Road in Burton-On-Trent caught fire.
"Employees were present and were all safely evacuated. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services are currently working to contain the situation.
"At present, the cause of the fire is still unknown. We will be working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services as this situation evolves and are thankful for their response.”
5.1 Meanwhile - Elsewhere in the UK
A fire on Saturday at Kent Foods in Basildon, UK, has destroyed the warehouse and offices at the site.
Flames destroy food warehouse and processing plant
A huge fire destroyed a warehouse at a food processing plant after an electrical fault last week.
5.2 Meanwhile - in North America
BELFAST, Maine - The large fire at a potato processing plant in Belfast is expected to have ripple effects across Maine’s agriculture industry.
The Penobscot McCrum plant processed Maine-grown spuds into products sold around the country.
A fire tore through the building Thursday morning, destroying the facility and leaving the 138 people who work there without a job.
Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said the loss of the plant will have a negative impact on the state’s potato growers.
“I think everyone wants to do everything they can to get that plant back because it’s important in our industry. It has a very unique place in the market, Flannery said.
Flannery said the McCrum family has been a leader in Maine’s potato industry for decades, offering growing opportunities to turn their crops into specialized products at the Belfast plant.
He said there are producers across the state who have contracts with the plant who may need to make adjustments to their 2022 growing plans after the fire.
5.3 Meanwhile - in Europe
One of Europe’s largest food storage facilities has been destroyed in Ukraine.
Brovary, 20 kilometres northeast of the country's capital Kyiv, is home to multiple warehouses and has been targeted by Russian shelling.
The Mayor of the city, Iho Saposhko, is convinced this attack was planned even before the war started.
“It wasn’t an accident. It was intentional. The entire food warehouse and 50,000 tonnes of food were destroyed,” says Saposhko.
"All food stores in Brovary were bombed on the same day. They deliberately destroyed food stocks destined for the whole of Ukraine.”
In the first days of the war, Russian forces managed to advance from Belarus to Brovary but Ukrainian troops halted their progress, helping to save Kyiv.
Ukraine is one of the worlds largest exporters of grains.
5.4 Meanwhile - in Lebanon
Food warehouses destroyed in mystery explosion
5.5 Meanwhile in Lagos
A fire outbreak which started at about 6am yesterday has destroyed goods worth over N450million at Erisco Foods Nigeria warehouse located inside the Eleganza House in Ikeja, Lagos.
General Manager for Erisco Foods, Mr. Tokumbo Agbede, who briefed journalists said it took the timely intervention of officials of the Lagos Fire Service to put off the fire and to stop it from razing down the entire warehouse building. Some journalists were later conducted around the warehouse where it was discovered that the fire had razed down two sections of the warehouse containing stocks of dried tomatoes which serves as the major raw material used in the manufacturer of tomato paste. Erisco operates the first of its kind factory where fresh tomatoes bought from farmers are dried and later converted into tomato paste.
Some some workers who spoke to Daily Sun alleged possible sabotage, while others said the stockpiling of the dried tomatoes without adequate cooling systems could have made them to suffer from a combustion with the attendant inferno that destroyed the raw material.
A Police spokesman said “Whether it is sabotage or not, we don’t know the cause yet, but a member of the warehouse staff said it would be the first time in the company’s history that such huge volumes of dried feedstock would be left to lie fallow for more than six months.
He said: “We don’t usually keep raw materials for more than a month before taking them to the factory to process. Current stocks have been here for more than six months because we have not been processing again and I can tell you that they just caught fire on their own because of the heat we are having in Lagos these days and these materials are sometimes inflammable,” he added.
5.6 Meanwhile in the Yemen
Fire destroys supplies at World Food Program warehouses in Yemen
A massive fire broke out on Saturday and engulfed storage facilities belonging to the World Food Program in the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeida, damaging humanitarian aid inside, Yemen's official news agency said.
Abdel-Raqeeb Fatah, Yemen's minister of local administration, was quoted by SABA news agency as saying that the fire destroyed much-needed aid deliveries inside the facilities. He called for an investigation.
The port of Hodeida, under the control of Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, is a vital lifeline for most of Yemen's population, which depends on the port for food and medicine.
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting a Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally recognized government against the Iran-backed Houthis since March 2015. The coalition aims to restore the government of self-exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.
The three-year stalemate has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled its health system and pushed it to the brink of famine. The country is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance. Malnutrition, cholera and other diseases have killed or sickened thousands of civilians over the years.
5.7 Meanwhile in Bahrain
Fire destroys food import warehouse
Fire destroyed one of Bahrain's main food import warehouses yesterday morning.
It took five hours to control the fire which broke out at Abdali Eisa Al Daaysi Company's warehouse compound in Salmabad, just outside Manama.
Goods worth millions of Bahraini dinars were destroyed.
More than 100 firefighters and 29 fire engines from fire stations across the country battled the blaze. Strong winds and water shortage hampered their efforts.
More than 200 immigrant workers, mainly Asians, who were trapped in the compound were saved by the firefighters.
An increase in some food prices is feared.
5.8 Meanwhile in Beirut
Beirut port explosion hammers grain import capacity
BEIRUT, (Reuters) — Beirut port’s capacity to handle wheat and other bulk cereal imports has collapsed to about a fifth or less of its level before a massive blast smashed its grain silos and other facilities, a senior United Nations official said.
Beirut port had capacity to handle 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of wheat and other bulk imports each day before a huge explosion destroyed the country’s only grain silos and turned warehouses and other port infrastructure into a mangled wreck.