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‘There is no reason to raise the price of the tortilla’: Sheffield

According to the federal government, there will be no increase in the price of the tortilla. File photo: Cuartoscuro


Considering that energy companies have not had an increase in their prices and that the white corn harvest was good, the head of the Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (Profeco), Ricardo Sheffield, rejected that there will be an increase in the price of the tortilla.

The clarification comes after the National Tortilla Council announced that in December the cost of this staple product would rise between 1 and 2 pesos, which costs between 10 and 18 pesos per kilogram in different parts of the country.

There have been no increases and the white corn harvest was good this year. If nothing has increased, why are they going to raise it? We are not aware of an increase in nixtamalized corn flour. There is no reason to upload it, ”said the attorney.

He commented that even GRUMA and MINSA, the two main manufacturers of nixtamalized corn flour, have not seen increases.

It should be noted that even the National Union of Industrialists of Mills and Tortillas rejected the increase in the price of the kilogram of this input, as it considered that it would be a strong blow to the pockets of Mexicans during the health and economic crisis caused by Covid.

Sheffield Padilla clarified that “there is not a single group of toritlla manufacturers, although they call themselves national, they are regional, and there are more than a dozen important groups, and this one from the State of Mexico began with noise.”

In this regard, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador trusted that there will be no increases to the tortilla, since they have not increased the prices of energy.

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He also recognized different companies, including MASECA, for their support after the floods in Tabasco, as this company has sent three plants to make tortillas for the victims.

The day before we were in Macuspana and I thanked Juan González, from Maseca, because he moved three plants to Tabasco to make tortillas for victims; other companies are also sending support and supplies; to foreign countries.

“I thank Juan González, who is sensitive to all this, not only to help the victims, but he knows what the price of the tortilla increase means and if possible, he would help to maintain the price or not to increase it above of inflation, “he said.

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