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Proposed agreement squashes U.S., Mexico tomato war

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 3, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.

— The Commerce Department has announced a proposed agreement on fresh tomatoes imported from Mexico that would strengthen anti-dumping enforcement and reset minimum wholesale prices.

The agreement with Mexico’s tomato industry would suspend an investigation initiated after Florida tomato growers complained that Mexican producers were selling fresh tomatoes for less than the production cost.

The proposal would replace a pact that’s been in place for 16 years. The Commerce Department has just released a draft of the agreement for public comment.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said it allow the U.S. tomato industry “to compete on a level playing field.”

Mexico’s economic secretary commended his country’s tomato growers on the proposed settlement in a tweet Sunday.

“Congratulations to Mexican tomato producers for the agreement reached and the suspension of the U.S. government antidumping investigation,” read the Twitter account of Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo

U.S.-produced fresh and processed tomatoes account for more than $2 billion in cash receipts. Mexico’s tomato trade with the U.S. was worth more than $1.8 billion in 2011.

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Jackabbott says... February 3, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.

What the heck do we care what the Mexican tomato growers think? What do the USA tomato growers think? If we want Mexican news we know where to get it.
What are the safety and health safeguards in place on Mexican produce? A lot of their citizens break the law to come here to work and have children to tap into our welfare systems so what is happening in their produce fields?
This is another reason that people in the last 30 years have become so distrustful of our own government we cannot be sure that they are acting in our behalf or for someone else. it is a shame and a disgrace.

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