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Hawaii, overseas commissaries facing chilled food shortages

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By BROCK VERGAKIS
Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Members of the military stationed overseas are finding many of their commissaries are in short supply of basic items like produce.

The Defense Commissary Agency at Fort Lee, Virginia, says some stores are experiencing critical shortages in perishable products.

The agency says the shortages in Europe and the Pacific were caused by different issues.

In the Pacific, shipments destined for commissaries in Hawaii, Guam, Korea and Japan have been delayed because of ongoing labor negotiations at West Coast ports. Those delays have resulted in shortages of luncheon meats, fresh pork and yogurt, among other things.

In Europe, sea containers weren't able to clear customs because of computer problems. The agency also had systems issues that delayed delivery of about 40 percent of its frozen food items from storage in Germany.

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