Venezuela food maker denies blame for shortages

Associated Press
Venezuela food maker denies blame for shortages

Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday that, in his words, "the accusations that we are producing less than last year are false," rejecting President Nicolas Maduro's claims that it's to blame for the country's persistent food shortages. Mendoza offered to buy or rent government-owned corn processing plants to increase Venezuela's production, and food makers say shortages of basic foods like sugar, milk, butter and cornmeal stem from the socialist government's price controls and a lack of foreign currency to pay for imports. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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