Agriculture Secretary Says No Food Shortage in US

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer says a decision by the two biggest U.S. warehouse chains to limit how much rice customers can buy is driven by emotion.

During a visit to Kansas City Thursday, Schafer said there's no evidence that rice is in short supply.

Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores division Sam's Club said it would limit customers to four bags at a time of certain types of rice. That followed a decision by Costco to limit bulk rice purchases in some of its stores.

In a news conference, Schafer said there is no evidence of a shortage of rice in the world. But he acknowledged some countries' concern about food security.

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