May 4, 1944

Almost All Meats Now Ration-Free
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chester Bowles, head of the Office of Price Administration (OPA) announced yesterday that as of midnight last night, all meats except for beef steaks and roasts would be ration-free. He also stated red point values, which are assigned to meats and dairy products, will not be restored to meats “…unless absolutely necessary.” However, monthly allotments of red points will need to be reduced to avoid dilution of the value. The move to remove meats from rationing was the result of several factors including a surplus of meat production, reduction of demands by the armed forces, and pork specifically no longer being part of lend-lease programs. The move by the OPA comes a few weeks after Canada similarly lifted restrictions on meat sales.

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