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Venezuela Seizes Nestle Warehouse

A food distribution center in Venezuela rented by Nestlé SA, PepsiCo, and Cargill was seized Thursday by government forces so that it could be converted into free public housing, according to government officials. The financially struggling country has been plagued by chronic shortages of basic food items under the government of Nicolas Maduro, and the move was seen as a bid to boost support ahead of congressional elections in December. Workers were given 60 days to remove the companies’ equipment.