The US government is planning to launch an emergency plan to deal with the looming cinnamon apocalypse by mid-November, according to a letter sent to lawmakers by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The government is seeking to provide emergency funding of $500 million, and to cover costs for the “unexpected and unforeseen costs” of providing healthcare, education, and other support to the millions of Americans who will need it.
The letter says the budget request was requested by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House.
It also requests $400 million to the Treasury for “emergency relief assistance,” which is not included in the budget.
The White House is also requesting $400,000 to help states and territories handle the fallout from the cinnamon shortage, the letter says.
The US is the only country that has a long-term supply of the spice, which is believed to have been used in the making of the world’s first spice.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement saying that the federal government’s proposal to create a national emergency plan is “disproportionate to the seriousness of the situation and would make it harder for millions of people to access lifesaving medicines and emergency services.”
A statement from the US Embassy in Washington DC said the US “does not anticipate an immediate need for additional emergency relief.”
The embassy also noted that the “administrative and financial burden of the response will be immense.”
The government has been preparing for the shortage for years.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in 2015 that the government was “committed to a plan to rapidly ramp up the production of cinnamon, and we will be coordinating with other federal agencies and industry partners to identify best practices and identify best production methods.”
The cinnamon shortage is not new.
The Spice Council, a trade association that represents the spice’s producers, said that the country had a stockpile of about 40 million kilograms of cinnamon.
It said that a shortage would “require a substantial increase in production.”
A year later, the Spice Council reported that “an additional 20 million kilograms is needed to meet demand.”
A study by the International Federation of the Phytosanitary Industry (IFPI) found that there are about 10 million tonnes of cinnamon in the US and that about 15 million tonnes were imported annually.
“Cinnamon is the spice of choice for many people in the U.S. as well as around the world, including many food manufacturers, restaurants, bars, and hotels,” the study said.
In 2016, the US Mint stopped selling cinnamon coins.
The Mint issued a statement noting that the coins were a “pilot program” and that it would stop issuing them at the end of November.