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December 28, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

STATE BUTCHER SHOPS PROVIDED AVERAGE SANTIAGO CITIZEN 12 OUNCES OF BEEF IN 1998 By Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press.

SANTIAGO - State subsidized butcher shops sold 12 ounces of second-rate beef per Santiago resident in 1998, according to data obtained by this reporter. The total was distributed at the rate of 4 ounces at the beginning of the year, 4 ounces for the July 26 celebration, and 4 ounces on December 7.

The December beef allocated to some butcher shops gave off a peculiar odor suggesting early stages of rot, but no consumer rejected it, what with use the great desire to eat some red meat.

Elsewhere in Santiago, beef can only be purchased legally at the stores which accept only hard currency, at prices that are often out of reach of the average citizen. Beef also be purchased - somewhat cheaper - on the Black Market.

No other kind of red meat is sold legally.

By Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press.


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