With Germany’s unrestricted submarine campaign still taking a drastic toll on maritime supply lines, the British Government is asking people to accept a change to their daily bread. The scheme, which is presently voluntary, calls for a lowering in quality. Bakers should reduce the amount of wheat flour used in the production process, down to 75 percent. As a substitute, they can include ingredients such as maize flour, oatmeal, barley, beans and potato flower.
The plan has caused some local consternation, especially given that Jersey imports virtually all its breadmaking flour from the UK. The belief is that this reduced quality wartime bread will not only be unpalatable, but also be the cause of stomach troubles. These potential ailments are a reason for concern at a time when the Island is short of medical professionals following so many doctors leaving to join the army.
Another important consideration is the high price of bread. The increases since war began are already proving a challenge to the Island’s poorer classes. It’s likely that those same people will now have to stomach lower quality bread for their money, and suffer the ill-effects it is likely to cause.
A/E/10/6 contains correspondence on the subject of flour imports into the Island, along with concerns over price rises.