CARACAS, Tuesday May 25, 2010 | Update
The government will be severe with marketing chains (File photo)
Venezuelan Food Minister Felix Osorio said on Tuesday that all companies viewing food as merchandise "will be at war with the government."
He rebutted claims that the government is taking actions against Venezuela's largest food producer, Empresas Polar, or food distribution company Friosa. Rather, he explained that authorities are monitoring all food-related chains, regardless of the type of products they sell.
Osorio clarified that government actions will not be limited to foodstuffs, adding that they will monitor other goods such as clothing and vehicles.
Osorio said "free market" was in place in Venezuela 10 years ago, but not anymore.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.