Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he met this week in New York, asked him for an “urgent” agreement to supply a food product that is missing in Britain.
Bolsonaro, who spoke in his weekly webcast to supporters, did not name the product, but said he had sent Johnson’s request to his agriculture minister, Tereza Cristina.
“He wants an emergency agreement with us to import some food that is missing in England,” he said.
The British embassy in Brazil questioned Bolsonaro’s story, saying that what the Brazilian president said was not that he remembered the facts.
The President’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for clarification of the product.
An increase in the price of natural gas has forced some British manure plants to close in recent weeks, which has led to a shortage of carbon dioxide used to stop fizz in beer and soft drinks and stun poultry and pigs before slaughter.
The British government, which is trying to stem the shortage of meat and poultry, has stepped up emergency aid and warned its food producers to prepare for a 400% rise in carbon prices.
Ministers, including Johnson, have repeatedly rejected proposals that there may be a shortage of traditional Christmas food, such as turkey steak, although some suppliers have warned them.
Bolsonaro said Johnson also asked him to help increase Brazilian whiskey imports from the UK, but added in his social media conversation that this was up to private companies and not his government.
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