the diplomatic tension between Maduro's government and his counterpart Enrique
Peña Nieto, figures from Mexico's Ministry of Economy reveal that Venezuela was
last year’s major buyer of milk powder. The exchange amounted to 56 million
kilos (over 123 million pounds) in bulk at around $ 0.5 per kilogram (2.2 lb).
The milk included in the CLAP boxes, was in turn billed to the Venezuelan
Government by intermediaries like Group Grand
Limited at 4.75 dollars per kilo, in January 2017, and at 6.95 dollars per kilo
eight months later.
Others like Wellsford
Trading Corp billed it at just over $ 4 per kilo,
Importació I Exportació billed it at almost $ 5 per kilo.
year, bulk shipments decreased. In the first four months, just over 2 million
100 thousand kilograms were exported, but from January to May, about twenty
shipments left from Mexican ports to Venezuela, loaded with millions of CLAP
boxes that were distributed by the Government before the presidential election
of May 20. Those batches included new brands of milk powder. "We are in another
food packaging center for the CLAPs. We are verifying the quality of the
products included in the boxes. This is the milk." said the Minister of Food,
Luis Medina Ramírez, on June 8, through his Twitter account, while exhibiting a
pack of Vaca Milk, manufactured by
B-Eminent Inc of Mexico.
2017, that company packaged the Vital Milk brand, which despite of being among
the ones showing the best nutritional values in the chemical test, was also far
from fully complying with the Venezuelan nutritional standard. Children need
17.6 glasses of that milk to cover their daily demand for calcium, while adults
need 35.1 glasses.