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May 28, 1999.

GOVERNMENT SAYS FRESH MILK BETTER IN PLASTIC BAGS By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The May 24 issue of the newspaper "Workers" informed readers that beginning in June all fresh milk in the Cuban capital will be sold in plastic bags and not in the traditional glass bottle.

According to government's explanation, "Plastic bags are better than glass bottles since the latter cost 21 or 22 cents on the dollar and are easily adulterated. Plastic eliminates the cumbersome problem of washing the bottles. The cleanliness of the bags is complete so the milk will have a smaller chance of getting sour and each truck can move a greater number of bags than of bottles."

Each bag has a similar capacity to the glass bottles: One liter. The milk is somewhat concentrated and should be boiled upon mixing it with equal parts of water, which turns it into two liters. Milk is rationed in Cuba to children from birth to age 7 and is distributed every other day.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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