As the country moved into another week of price-controlled bread shortage on supermarket shelves, the government on Sunday approved the establishment of a special committee to investigate and settle the matter of government-controlled bread prices.
The committee, which is headed by the Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office and includes representatives of the Industry, Trade and Labor and the Finance Ministries, will present its recommendations and conclusions next Sunday to the Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai and Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On.
Meanwhile, the flour mill owners on Sunday rejected a proposal by Zvia Dori, supervisor of prices at the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, that was aimed at enabling the bakery owners to resume the production of price-controlled breads for a temporary period of time.
Dori requested that the flour mills share with the bakeries the higher costs of the production of bread as result of the increase in world flour prices and thus stop increasing flour prices so the bakeries could resume the production of price-controlled breads for a short period of time.
The flour mills are expected to raise their prices again soon after they raised flour prices by some 35-40 percent on July 1 in response to the sharp rise worldwide flour prices over the last month.