Monday, February 18, 2008
Shoppers in oil-rich Venezuela often can't find basic food items in stores but the government of President Hugo Chavez on Sunday turned up a huge stash of milk and chicken in a private health clinic. Inspectors from the consumer protection agency Indecu found the shelves of the upscale Caracas Policlinica Metropolitana stocked with half a tonne of milk and a similar amount of chicken. Indecu coordinator Jesus Benavides told reporters the products had been illegally diverted from a chain of state-run subsidized grocery stores, which sell primarily to poor Venezuelans who form Chavez's support base.
Posted by News Desk at 12:39 PM