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Venezuela importing toilet paper to avoid shortage

May 17, 2013

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuelan officals are trying to meet a toilet paper shortage head on by importing 50 million rolls to meet the demand and to "avoid getting caught with their pants down," according to CNN.

Toilet paper is just one of the basic goods that Venezuelans have seen disappear from store shelves, as the government and private companies blame each other for the scarcity, the article stated.

According to the article, Venezuelan Minister of Commerce Alejandro Fleming is blaming the media for "provoking fear in consumers, who in turn begin hoarding items."

"There is no deficiency in production, but an excessive demand generating purchases by a nervous population because of a media campaign that has been created to undermine the country. We are going to saturate the market so that our people will calm down and understand that they should not let themselves be manipulated by the media that says there are shortages," said Fleming.

The monthly demand in Venezuela for toilet paper is roughly 125 million rolls a month, the article noted.

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