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Govn't launches war on companies viewing food as merchandise

Food Minister Félix Osorio said that the Venezuelan government would fight against retail chains, regardless of the items they sell

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.

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