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Brits facing Christmas dinner crisis with costly chipolatas and turkey shortage

A Christmas dinner crisis is looming thanks to the soaring prices of festive favourites and the UK's worst ever bird flu outbreak.

Chipolatas used for pigs in blankets are up most – a whopping 42.7% on last year – while roast potatoes cost 33% more and a frozen turkey is 21% dearer.

Gravy costs 16% more and stuffing is up 11%, and when it comes to dessert, prepare to fork out a huge 30.8% extra for a mince pie.

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The only staple that has not risen by more than the rate of inflation is the Brussels sprout – up 7.5%.

Overall the cost of the traditional meal is up by almost 25%.

A basic dinner for five will set you back £30.03 compared to £24.67 in 2021. The price hike was unearthed in analysis of supermarket prices by retail research firm Assosia.

It comes as two-thirds of adults admit to being worried about affording Christmas dinner, according to a survey by the Salvation Army. Some 16% expect to use a food bank to get items for their meal.

The Army’s Lieutenant-Colonel Dean Pallant said: "Christmas should be the season of joy, not sorrow."

Woeful Christmas news continues as experts warned that bird flu troubles would lead to a bird shortage this month.

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Daily Star previously reported that an egg shortage was on the cards due to "cannibal chickens" pecking one another into solitary confinement.

Infected chickens have since been culled, but the decimation of poultry populations is a worrying moment for those hoping to bag a bird in time for their festive celebrations.

Supermarkets across the country reported a number of "supply issues" that have left shelves barren of eggs and chicken, just weeks before the most wonderful time of the year.

More than 200 bird flu cases have so far been confirmed since October last year, with the worrying rise in cases in recent months a worry for those hoping to bag themselves a turkey for Christmas.

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