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Field hearings to consider protection measures for U.S. produce against fruit and vegetable imports have been postponed.

A news release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce said the field hearings scheduled in Florida and Georgia April 7 and April 9 are postponed, but provided no new dates.

The hearings were postponed consistent with the social distancing direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.

Interested parties can submit comments on the issue at regulations.gov, according to the release.

The original deadline for written submissions of March 26 has been waived, and the public docket will remain open and will accept written submissions during the period of postponement, according to the release.

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