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US, Mexico Reach Tomato Trade Accord

Feb 4, 2013

The United States and Mexico have reached an agreement to avoid a cross-border tomato trade war, officials in both countries said.

The deal was prompted by a request to the U.S. Commerce Department by an association of Florida tomato farmers to renew a 1990s a crop-dumping investigation against Mexican growers whose sale price of tomatoes is so low the American farmers said they can't compete.

The deal increases the minimum sale price of Mexican tomatoes -- in some cases by as much as double -- increases the number of tomato varieties covered from one to four and increases compliance measures.

The New York Times said Sunday the Florida grower cite statistics saying as much as 50 percent of tomatoes consumed in the United States are grown in Mexico.

A Commerce Department spokesman said the agreement is open for public comment until Feb. 11 and will likely go into effect in March.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013