641.006/543: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State

666. Embassy’s 606, 9th (opening sentence of which refers to all food products not all products).

Board of Trade today advised that there would be announced tomorrow March 19 a general order prohibiting importation except under license of all foodstuffs not already subject to license except wines and spirits, fresh and cured fish and live animals. Open general licenses will be issued for time being in respect of certain foodstuffs which are not now subject to Ministry of Food control. The order will be published March 21 and will apply to goods despatched after March 20 and imported after March 27.