Venezuela: Food shortage sparks Cuba-style rationing

Feb 25, 2008 (MIAMI HERLAD) — /SNIP/ Earlier this year, the government created a distribution network known as Pdval — financed by the state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA — to solve shortages of groceries like beef, eggs and milk that have sparked long lines in recent months. According to Asdrubal Chávez, President Hugo Chávez’s cousin and the coordinator for Pdval, the distribution centers will now keep a registry of families shopping at each center to ensure that no home receives a ”surplus” of staple products. Full Report