I think that the rationing of food will affect the general question of food supervision, but it is very difficult to foresee its effect with any degree of certainty. We must be prepared for changes in our prewar procedure. Our standard of living will be reduced and here the financial aspect enters into the question. In many cases, even in normal times, the poorer classes did not buy much bacon, excepting shank ends and the cheaper cuts, and consumed very little meat and butter, simply because they could not afford them, and it may easily happen that the effects, in view of rising prices and of this economic factor, may be reflected in the case of rationed perishable foods. This will probably lead to conditions such as I referred to in my earlier remarks, viz., deterioration of stocks in the retail shops and stores, owing to the poor keeping qualities of certain of the rationed foods. Already Inspectors have been called in by the Food Executive Officer to decide whether bacon in shops which has proved surplus to requirements owing to its not having been taken up by the registered customers, is fit for release or sale otherwise than by way of ration coupons.
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