In view of present shortages caused by limited food imports, islanders will be asked to set aside one day per week during which they won’t eat meat. This new ‘meatless’ day is being introduced by the Island Defence Committee, on whose shoulders responsibility rests for Jersey’s wartime food supplies.
While people won’t be strictly stopped by law from eating meat, the committee has prohibited local butchers from selling meat on the designated ‘meatless’ day. Any found breaking this restriction are liable for prosecution.
The committee has issued firm guidelines on the matter, to avoid any confusion over what is and isn’t permissible. The prohibition includes all types of meat, including cured variants such as bacon and ham, prepared items that have been potted or canned and common sorts including poultry and rabbits.
The designated ‘meatless’ day will be each Thursday, starting this week on 24 January 1918.
Alongside such restrictions as this, the committee is assuring islanders that everything is being done to ensure sufficient food stocks are available in the weeks and months ahead. The Food Production Sub-Committee is working to both increase local production and procure the overseas stocks needed to feed the population.
A/E/10/1 contains extensive information on the supply of foodstuffs and other supplies to the Channel Islands during the wartime years.