Food Administrator’s File
The Food Administrator ( Hoover) to the Food Administration Representative at London ( Sheldon)
Have had to remove part of restrictions on consumption of meats as delay in securing some definite expression from Allied Governments threatens us with acute crisis in prices of livestock which would be disastrous to the whole Allied cause. Nothing I regret more than the necessity to allow any increase in consumption in these times but I could see no other solution.
We can supply any amount that the Allies will agree to take of meat products during the next two months. After that the seasonal slump in market arrivals of animals will make the situation most difficult to maintain unlimited supplies although we are prepared to go to any measure to try and fill their requirements. We must have however definite programme at first of each month at least sixty days in advance.