December 23, 1942

Other Fats and Oils Too
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Agriculture announced last night that “…direct consumer rationing of food fats and oils probably would [will] be necessary…” beginning early next year. It said military and lend-lease requirement along with “contingency reserve” requirements will reduce the supply available for civilian use. Currently, consumer consumption is 57.1 pounds annually per person, and the reduced supply is estimated to be approximately 84 per cent of that, or about 48.2 pounds. Fats that will be rationed include butter, margarine, vegetable shortening, lard, salad and cooking oils, mayonnaise, and salad dressing. This includes indirect consumption in prepared products such as cakes, bread, soup, and confections. Foodstuff already rationed includes sugar and coffee, and meat is to be rationed early next year.

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