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Mexico Does Not Want to Know Anything About CLAP’s "Bad Milk"

Mexican authorities blame Venezuelan authorities for not verifying the quality of the products included in the combos for the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP). Even though the companies provided false information on the packaging, they wash their hands with bureaucratic technicalities and continue granting export permits. In Venezuela, no official wants to talk about it. For months, the Government of Nicolás Maduro bought and distributed among the poorest several powdered milk brands of the lowest quality.

08/07/2018 11:29:15

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In Mexico, they wash their hands. Although Venezuelan organizations authorized several companies to export the milk consumed by Venezuelans through the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP), the program that Nicolás Maduro devised to sell subsidized food to the poorest, the Mexican authorities disregard questions about the poor quality of the product and blame Venezuela for not requiring the merchandise analysis.

When Maduro's plan was taking off and becoming the only option for many Venezuelans to purchase staple foods in a hyperinflationary and shortage economy, the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) - the control and consumer protection agency in Mexico -, received an avalanche of applications for licenses to send milk powder to Venezuela and other of the eleven products included in the CLAP box.

In 2017, in the headquarters of Cofepris in the state of Nuevo Leon alone, a region that concentrates exporters and numerous suppliers of CLAPs, this institution approved 33 "Free Sale Export Certificates," 32 more than in 2016. Of those approved last year, 26 were aimed for milk powder, 24 of which for Deshidratados Alimenticios e Industriales (DAI), responsible for the Macleche brand, one of the most sold in the government food combos last year.