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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.
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.
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.