Official press concerned about the shortage in the US markets.

The Cuban official press expressed concern about the shortage of food in supermarkets in the United States in a note that reissued the manipulation and alarmist tone of other occasions in which supply problems in the neighboring country have been in the news.

Under the title “Empty shelves in the US?”, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) found in a news item from CNN the vein necessary to manipulate its readers, transmitting information to them in a partial and distorted manner, with the objective -without mentioning it- of justifying the food shortage in Cuba, as if it were the consequence of a global problem generated by the pandemic.

Screenshot of the article published in Granma

“The crisis that the pandemic has implied is visible even in the country that sustains its abundance at the expense of the world,” he stressed. Granma, without missing an opportunity to associate the wealth and prodigality of the US economy with alleged predatory practices and imperial behavior of the country in world trade.

“A news, which seems unusual, travels the world: CNN affirms that there is a shortage in supermarkets in the United States. He added that those who run the establishments do not see a short-term solution, while the ‘disgruntled’ buyers have given ‘free rein to their frustration on social networks,’ “said the journalist Nuria Barbosa Leon in an article in which he adulterated the information to exaggerate a specific problem, treated as such by the American chain itself.

“We expect there will be more supply problems in the next four to six weeks,” the CEO of a supermarket chain told CNN. However, for Granma these statements translated into the fact that “those who run the establishments do not see a short-term solution”.

Curious the perception of the deadlines of an official press that has had to report, although with a small mouth, of the shortage of powdered milk for months, as well as other products from the extremely poor basic basket with which Cuban families feed themselves.

While US stores, according to CNN, “strive to quickly replenish basic necessities such as milk, bread, meat, canned soups and cleaning products”, the newspaper Granma He speaks of images of empty shelves that “astonish those who still do not believe the fact that there may be scarcity in the country of consumerism.”

The increase in infections by Ómicron, the snowfall that has affected transportation and the supply chain, the shortage of labor and personnel due to the coronavirus, especially transport and logistics workers, as well as supermarket employees , are the main causes of this situation in the United States.

Another reason you mention CNN is that the pandemic changed the pace and lifestyle of people and now more is cooked at home (which is why the demand is greater for some products that are consumed more). The translation of this explanation made by Granma ensures that “consumption patterns that favor frozen and packaged products require a powerful industry for permanent supply.”

“Today, in addition, the population suffers from the panic of scarcity and goes to hoard, which contributes to a greater and rapid decrease in offers,” he assured. Granma. For your part CNN He acknowledged the fear of supermarket managers that this reaction would occur, but they called for calm and reported that for the moment this behavior does not influence the shortage of some products. “There will be enough food to supply supermarkets, but the variety of products may be affected,” the chain said.

“Before the pandemic you would see five different varieties of milk in the front row and 10 cartons deep. Now there will be five across the row and maybe two rows deep,” he said. Phil Lempert, industry analyst and editor of

In a report on the subject, CNN He assured that “consumers are seeing shortages of products in their usual stores and are forced to go through several supermarkets to find what they are looking for.” An interviewed client complained about the shortage of vegetables in Latin food stores.

“Although there is plenty of food in the supply chain, we anticipate that consumers will continue to experience sporadic disruptions in certain product categories, as we have seen over the past year and a half, due to ongoing supply and staffing issues,” he said. Greg Ferrara, president of the National Association of Supermarkets.

As the years go by and the Cuban rulers cannot get citizens to drink a “little glass of milk” daily, and queues, high prices, shortages, shortages and inequality devastate society, the official organ of the PCC dedicates articles to deal with the food supply problems of a thriving economy like the United States that, despite the pandemic and other conditioning factors of world trade, constitutes in any case the reference of a superabundant supply.

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