Oats etc. Food. Flour. Mrs Goodman. Dr Picton.

Scope and Content

Two Memos of the Cheshire Panel Committee's position for presentation to Lord Woolton in November 1942 and November 1943, which despite the two different dates are identical in content. Within they address technical objections to whole meal, advantage of freshly ground flour, wheat germ, effect upon life of including offals in bread, and extract from the article 'The Effect of Food Restriction During War on Mortality in Copenhagen' by M. Hindhede, Controller of Food in Denmark in European War. The Committee consisted of John Kerr, John Wilkinson, George Wood, and Lionel James Picton. These memos are accompanied by a letter from Picton to Lord Woolton emphasising their support for wholemeal flour.

There are a number of items of correspondence received from Mrs Peggy Goodman of Corwen, Wales in which she discusses the nutritional value of specific types of oatmeal and in particular Sowens, or the Welsh version known as Llymru, with recipes for making them. She also sends samples of oat offal or Llymru meal or Eisen Toppings and a copy of her article 'The "Oslo Breakfast": A Village Experiment in Food Reform' originally published in The Vegetarian News in November 1939. There is also an explanation of the Oslo Breakfast reprinted from the June 1940 issue of Housecraft.

There are two handwritten letters from Picton to Wilkinson discussing the grains further as well as referring two named patients to him; a notification of 1 January 1940 from R & A Hannay Ltd., Millers and Grain Merchants regarding an upcoming wireless talk on oatmeal by Sir John Boyd Orr; and results of analysis of three samples carried out by Melling & Ardern, analytical and consulting chemists.