Cuban dictatorship blames milk shortage on U.S. embargo, but has milk in its dollars-only stores

The communist Castro dictatorship is telling Cubans it has no milk to give them because of U.S. sanctions, but it has plenty of milk if Cubans have U.S. dollars to buy it.

Via Diario de Cuba (my translation):

Government blames embargo for lack of milk in Cuba, but sells it for U.S. dollars

The government is blaming the U.S. embargo over the fact Cubans cannot drink milk. It faults milk production on the island for being insufficient, that the dairy industry has for decades been a disaster, and also that it cannot import enough powdered milk to meet the needs of the people. Nevertheless, it sells Matilda brand powdered milk, which is manufactured domestically, in its U.S.-dollars only stores (MLC).

It is sold as a “milk substitute.” It’s ingredients are skim milk and/or dairy serum, fats or vegetable oil, and/or lactose proteins, according to the label. It is sold for $6.30 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies {about 535 Cuban pesos, according to the exchange rate for dollars on the black market as of January 18).

“They put in a milk substitute to mix things up; it’s the same powdered milk we’ve seen all our lives,” said one Cuban to Diario de Cuba. It’s the milk he usually drinks and purchased four packs of it on Tuesday for a total of $25.20 at the La Isla de Cuba store located at Monte and Factoria in Old Havana.

Reports on social media, where Cubans have expressed their discomfort, indicate that the Matilda brand powdered milk is also being sold in other dollars-only stores in the Cuban capital, such as the one located on Camaguey and Boyeros. They believe this is caused by the “yellow milk” they took off the shelves for consumers, including children, that was included among the products available in the ration book.

Last Saturday, a donation of more than 15,000 pounds of powdered milk arrived in Havana from Miami. According to Granma, it would be distributed to pediatric hospitals in the capital.

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