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Bakers thrown in jail for baking cake and cookies instead of bread

By Mason White 5:57 PM March 27, 2017
Cake (illustration)
Cake (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) Several bakers ended up behind bars for defying new rules that force bakeries to use nearly all of their flour for bread, according to police in Venezuela.

Caracas police said that they have arrested the bakers and took control of one bakery after uncovering that flour has been used to bake cake and cookies instead of bread.

President Nicolas Maduro introduced a law that requires bakeries to use 90% of their flour supply for bread in order to reduce shortages.

Another rule requires bakeries to have a constant supply of bread from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Those who are caught violating the rules face arrest and the bakery could be taken over by the government for up to 90 days.

Leaders of the ruling Socialist Party have blamed corporations for the shortages, saying that they are hoarding flour to increase prices.

A group representing bakeries slammed the government rules, saying that 80% of bakeries do not have any flour left.

700 government inspectors visited bakeries throughout the country to make sure that the bakers are complying with the new rules.

Two bakers were arrested after they used too much flour for sweet bread and ham croissants.

Two other bakers were arrested for using too much flour to bake brownies.

At least one bakery has been taken over by the government for 90 days for not keeping a constant supply of bread throughout the day.