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POLICE TO CARRY OUT SPOT CHECKS FOR HOARDING
From today, police will carrying out spot checks on grocers’ shops across in an operation to root out hoarding. The Food and Commerce Control Officer (FCCO) told the Council of Government that Malta is facing shortages of essential commodities and it believes that hoarding is adding significantly to the problem.
He went on to explain that despite current supplies of staple food items being sufficient to make rationing unnecessary, shortages are beginning to appear among certain commodities. This is not only a problem of stockpiling by individual households; some grocers are suspected of building up a surplus in order to charge higher prices for essential items.
Up to now the FCCO has been issuing a fixed amount of essential commodities to be issued to wholesalers for distribution each month, based on normal rates of consumption. However, it seems the supplies are no longer able to meet demand. The FCCO believes that hoarding has created these shortages.
Evidence has emerged that many are already hoarding several food items. As a result essential commodities are disappearing from grocery shops and remain unavailable for long periods as the Island faces delays in supply deliveries. Some grocers appear to be selling without any special restriction or attempt to even out supply. Where grocers do try to ration fairly, some families are sending different members to different grocers to obtain multiple supplies.
The spot checks are part of a determined effort by the FCCO to root out hoarding and ensure an even supply and fair pricing for essentials. To combat artificial price rises, it is also proposed to announce publicly the appropriate prices of essential commodities – possibly after Mass every Sunday. (1)
AIR RAIDS DAWN 21 SEPTEMBER TO DAWN 22 SEPTEMBER 1940
Weather Fine with scirocco.
No air raids.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 1940
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Practice ‘Man Marsa’ out to various posts.
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS Bomb Disposal UXB Incendiary x 1 Poor House, Luqa.
(1) When Malta Stood Alone, Joseph Micallef, Interprint Malta 1981
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