FOOD: Rationing Rationalized

Many a U.S. grocer and butcher, hog-tied by rationing red tape, sadly watched last week while good meat, butter and other foods spoiled in his store. This week the National Association of Retail Grocers sent a sense-making proposal to OPA:

1) remove all luxury items (caviar, anchovies, etc.) from the rationing list;

2) set up a new category for butter, cheese, fish; 3) liberalize meat points.

From Northwest lumber camps came threats of shutdowns unless lumberjacks get more red meat. But if OPA made an exception, it might have to do the same for other manual laborers.


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