20 DECEMBER 1946, Page 16


SIR,—In your issue of December 6, 1946, Mr. 0. Leveson Gower asks under the heading Food from Distressed Countries for an explanation why Poland is exporting eggs to Great Britain when she is at the same time in need of outside help on account of her internal food situation. If you could spare me a little space in your highly esteemed journal I would try to explain the situation. First of all, it has to be stressed that at present eggs are regarded in Poland as a luxury food, and they are rather expensive because they contain no more than 68 calories each. This is the very reason why the co-operative society Spolem has been authorised to negotiate an agreement with the British Ministry of Food for the exchange of Polish eggs for the. less " refined "—but much more nutritious—food: the Scotch herring. If measured in caloric value, Poland receives approximately 432.5 million calories in exchange for the equivalent of approximately 171 million calories. I suppose, it is not necessary to explain any further that the very reason for thi barter was Poland's present extremely difficult food situation. May I add that there are only very few poultry-farms in Poland. Poultry has to find its own food in summer, and only in winter cereal-siftings are added.—I remain, Sir, yours faithfully, Z. TuszxtEvvicz Polish Embassy at London, Commercial Attaché. 40 Queen Anne Street, W .1