Islanders received notice this week of a planned restriction in the local supply of sugar. For some months now, the Island Defence Committee has asked for a voluntary reduction in food consumption. The new sugar restriction, which comes into force on 1 October, goes one step further by making it illegal for anyone not registered with the Committee to sell or deal in sugar.
Since it started in January 1917, Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare campaign has severely affected the availability of imported food stocks in Britain, and therefore Jersey. Sugar, which is mostly imported, is one of the foodstuffs affected.
Following the example of what is already happening in the UK, the Defence Committee has taken over control of imports of sugar and its distribution within the island. Retailers who wish to continue stocking and selling it need to make an application in writing by 15 September 1917.
The new arrangements will help the authorities control both availability and price of sugar in the island. After 1 October, there will be limitations on how much sugar can be purchased, with a ration imposed on the amount available to each person.
A/E/10/3 contains information on the UK sugar rationing scheme and the impact of sugar shortages in Jersey.