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Food rationing to begin in big Venezuelan state

June 5, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this May 15, 2013 file photo, a customer leaves a private super market with her purchases, including toilet paper, in Caracas, Venezuela. In June of 2013, Venezuela’s state of Zulia on the border with Colombia will begin restricting the sale of 20 basic items, including toilet paper and chicken, that are subject to price controls. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In a sign Venezuela’s food shortages could be worsening, restrictions on the sale of 20 basic items subject to price controls, including toilet paper and chicken, are set to begin next week in its most populous state, officials said Tuesday.

A spokesman for President Nicolas Maduro’s government said it is incorrect to call the plan rationing because it is meant to fight smuggling of price-controlled food across the border into Colombia. He said there are no plans to extend the program nationally.

Details of how the system in Zulia state will work are still being worked out, said Blagdimir Labrador, the state governor’s chief of staff.

But Zulia will issue Login to read more

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