Venezuela Finds 30,000 Tons Of Rotting Food At Govt WarehouseWall Street Journal
Jun. 08, 2010
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CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuelan authorities discovered nearly 1,200 shipping containers full of rotten food at a state-run warehouse and have arrested a former top official in the government's Socialist food distribution network.
The discovery of the 30,000 tons of out-of-date milk, rice and wheat flour at the warehouse in the port city of Puerto Cabello is seen as a blow to President Hugo Chavez, who has been blaming opposition forces and private industry for a recent rise in food shortages.
Chavez, addressing the issue in a speech Tuesday night, said the food was left to go bad due to "mistakes, inefficiency"