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Venezuelan Government Occupies Toilet Paper Factory to Fight “Economic War”


line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>The Venezuelan government has ordered the occupation of one of the main producers of toilet paper in the country as part of the struggle to combat “shortages and sabotage” in the economy.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>Vice President Jorge Arreaza said the factory occupation, announced on Friday, was in order to “verify the production, distribution and sale of toilet paper” from the Manpa S.A. company, located in the central state of Aragua. The measure was ordered by President Maduro after “violations to consumer rights” were discovered upon an inspection of the factory last week.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>The occupation – which will last for 15 days – will be carried out by the government’s National Superintendency for Fair Costs and Prices (Sundecop) and responds to “the state’s obligation to guarantee the normal supply of products of basic necessity to the Venezuelan people”.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>The move is part of a wider government offensive to combat shortages in certain basic products such as milk, toilet paper and corn flour, which along with rising prices have been affecting consumers this year.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>During Sundecop’s occupation of the factory the consumer protection agency will examine processes of production, distribution and sale, as well as input requirements for the manufacture of the toilet paper.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>Manpa S.A. will provide Sundecop with a liaison team to provide documentation on inventories, production costs, sales chains, production capacity and idle capacity, among other areas.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>At the end of the occupation period Sundecop will release a report with information on any irregularities in the production and management of the factory, and corrective measures to be applied.

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